Berry: They didn’t have electricity. All their technology was nineteenth century. But they were satisfied, and they lived a great life — they made a great life. It was a work of art.
Fearnside: So their answer was to simplify their lives so that they required less income and could do the things they were passionate about.
Berry: They reduced costs, but when you do that, you make your life more complex. It’s much simpler to live by shopping.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
From the archives: Wendell Berry on the complexity of simplifying
First posted October, 2009. From this interview with Jeff Fearnside in The Sun Magazine.