Saturday, February 04, 2012

Scatter, clutter, weight


The opposite of simplicity, as I understand it is not complexity, but scatter, clutter, weight.  Returning from a journey ... I yearn to pare my life down to essentials.  I vow to live more simply, by purchasing nothing that I do not really need, by giving away everything that is excess, by refusing all chores that do not arise from my central concerns.  I make room for silence.  I avoid television with its blaring novelties, and advertising, with its phony bait.  Whenever possible, I go about town on bicycle or on foot.  I resolve to slow down and savor each moment instead of always rushing on into the future.

Scott Russell Sanders
Hunting for Hope
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