Download PDF: How Times Have Changed (the new foreword).
Duane has completely revised and updated this classic book. Voluntary Simplicity is not about living in poverty; it is about living with balance. What does a more balanced and sustainable way of living look like? There is no “cookbook for sustainable lifestyles” with all of the answers, so how are people freshly inventing their lives? This is the generation to invent cool lifestyles for living on our hot planet. What kinds of changes are underway, both in the larger world and inside ourselves? How is community vital to sustainability?
“A manifesto for the only kind of future that promises sanity and the possibility of contentment. Bread and wine for the spirit.” –Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly, Faces of the Enemy, and other books.
“A realistic pathway for a hopeful future.” –Edgar Mitchell, lunar astronaut and author of The Way of the Explorer
“A copy of this book in every American household could change the course of history. . . Voluntary Simplicity shows that what this nation needs is not so much a change of policy as a change of mind, and that individual citizens, action on their own, can do more to solve our crises than can any national administration.” –George Leonard, author of The Transformation
Table of Contents
Edgar Mitchell, Foreword to 2010 edition
Ram Dass, Foreword to 1981 edition
Duane Elgin, Introduction to new edition.
Chapter One: Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet
Chapter Two: Pioneers of Green Living
Chapter Three: Living Voluntarily
Chapter Four: Living Simply
Chapter Five: The World at the Tipping Point
Chapter Six: Deep Simplicity and the Human Journey
Chapter Seven: Living in a Green World