Anthropology / Everything Human

Simplicity Is Essentially a State of Mind

Debate

  • The Good Old Days

    The craving for simplicity comes from nostalgia for simpler times. But it is harmful to remember the past as “simple."

  • The Long Path to Enlightenment

    The ancient Indian ascetic practice of detachment from worldly goods looks a little like modern simplicity—but appearances can be deceiving.

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    In the wake of the winter holidays, many of us feel the guilt that comes from splurging on both food and material trappings—so much overindulgence, so much stuff! As we ring in the new year, many will make pledges to get healthier, be better to the planet, and clean out our homes to create a new, stripped-down, freer way of life. For some, acting on this intent is …