"Less Is More" edited by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska
In his 1933 Thanksgiving Proclamation Franklin Roosevelt said "may we ask guidance in more surely learning the ancient truth that greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbours."
Less Is More is a book that embraces this ideal. It encourages people to live simply, to live with less so that they may have more. Voluntary Simplicity involves spending less so that you can work less and in turn spend more time with family and building your community. This is what leads to happiness, not material wealth.
The book is a collection of short essays by people involved in the Simplicity movement. The essays define simplicity, give solutions for the individual and discuss how policies need to be implemented at high levels to make a change. Voluntary Simplicity can not only bring individual happiness but help to create a healthy planet and a lasting economy.
The book is great at showing that everyone can achieve some form of simplicity. It's not just about moving to a farm and becoming self-sufficient. There are real ideas that you can incorporate into your life no matter where you live. Even small changes in your life can bring about a big difference. The short length of the essays is a great feature. They don't lose your attention and are very simply put.
This book is a great read for anyone who feels caught up in the busyness of life and is looking to simplify their surroundings. Simplicity is achievable in today's crazy world.