Simple Sunday

“When every possible need is satisfied before we even have a chance to perceive and respond to it, creativity and resourcefulness can’t flourish.  We become victims of the great disease of technological society — meaninglessness. … Besides damaging the human spirit, unquestioning dependence on machines is bad for the human body.  Henry Fairlie, essayist for the Washington Post, analyzes it like this:

‘The American people may be the first to make a complete dissociation between living and leisure, regarding it as wrong to have to make any physical effort in order to live, but quite right to compensate by straining themselves in exercise.  I am guilty myself by using  an electric typewriter…but at least I chop my own vegetables… [Chopping] is concentrated physical effort, it is a skill, it is always thoroughly enjoyable… If I left this to an electrical gadget, I would have to take my fingers jogging.’ “

~ Doris Janzen Longacre, from “Living More With Less”

Two weeks away from living in our Tiny House, I am so excited to have less room for gadgetry.  I love thinking about how I can do without something – like a vaccum cleaner.  How great to live in a place so manage-ably sized that I could wipe down the floors by hand with a towel!

{ This book – Living More With Less – is really great.  Published back in 1980! it was written by a Mennonite woman who has compiled her thoughts on American excess and an alternative of simplicity; collecting great insights from people across the globe.  If you can get past the heavily christian worldview, the author has an excellent commentary on “a pattern for living with less and a wealth of practical suggestions from the worldwide experiences of Mennonites.” }

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6 thoughts on “Simple Sunday

  1. Marsha Cowan

    I grew up living between my grandparents’ farm and my aunt’s farm neither of which had running water or electricity until after I had gone to college. I miss those days very much and would have given anything if my chiodren could have spent some summers there growing up. The simplicity and beauty of that life shaped my desires for my future. The tiny house I am currently building has no plumbing or electricity per se, Just water crocks and a portable solar outfit with one plug, and a composting toilet. Hopefully, I can capture some of that simplicity of my past.

  2. Marsha Cowan

    One more thing, do you have any pics of the inside now that you are actualy living in it?

    • hi Marsha! we’re not actually living in it yet – but we will be in two weeks! May 14th… 🙂

  3. really interesting food for thought…..thanks Carrie. I have a lot to learn from you.

    • thanks Kat! that’s really sweet. I learn a lot from you. 🙂 can’t wait for you to come visit!!!

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