Chantelle Morgan – Voluntary Simplicity

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

In regards to Elgin’s reading, “Voluntary Simplicity and the New Global Challenge,” he terms “voluntary simplicity” as one’s decision to live without things not of dire necessity to human life, living more consciously and becoming aware of individual consumption. Elgin focuses on how an individual’s choice to live a simple life can be very beneficial, and that it could help with class differences and social inequalities found in modern society due to the politics of different consumption patterns. 

Attached is an episode of “Extreme Cheapstakes.” This is a very extreme version of voluntary simplicity, as we see Kate chooses to live a very simple life not focused on consuming or acquiring unnecessary items. Though she in a way goes against the cultural norm of consuming in a competitive and comparative way in prove one’s status, Kate feels this is not necessary and the simple living life is enough for her. Without an absurd amount of commodities, Kate is happy and is still able to live a sufficiant, non poverished life, though as Elgin mentions, is sometimes believed with individuals choosing to live this way.


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