What I want is to live the best life I can.

I’m not a separatist or a Luddite. I don’t want to live in a cave. But I do think that the dominant techno-capitalist paradigm needlessly gobbles up the most worthwhile things about life and replaces them with junk.

That’s why I’m trying something different. I’m going through my life and testing each piece: is this worth it? Is this what I want to be doing? How can I do this better? My dream is to refocus what my culture does well and strip out of my life what it doesn’t. In my case, that usually means a lot of getting rid of excess stuff. That’s why I’m calling this blog “Simplicity.” The main chronicle will be of my attempts to decouple only from those aspects of modernity that I object to, while still joining and celebrating my community.

Last winter I used my heater only for company. My clothes dryer went out, and I never replaced it. This year I’ve started fasting as a way to reduce my impact on the planet. It’s a form of devotional service, and it really helps me remember to think about what I’m doing. Currently, I’m working on cutting out shopping for new items other than food.

Well that’s it, you’re all caught up. Next post will be my first reflections on intentional living.

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