In the Quaker Study Sessions for Canadian Yearly Meeting in August, 2014, Mark A. Burch listed the impacts of simple living:
... If you would prevent war, live simply.
... If you would live nonviolently, live simply.
... If you want to participate in the democratic life of your community, live simply.
... If you would live sustainably, live simply.
... If you would live in such a way as to promote economic and social justice, live simply.
... Adopt a more active and healthier way of life by living simply.
... If you would free time and energy for relationships with others, live simply.
Since much of the violence in the world is structural in nature and is imposed on our behalf on distant others whose suffering is out of sight and therefore out of mind, Mark urges us to reduce it by cultivating personal and regional self-reliance through simple living. He explores how our lives have become encumbered, the spiritual roots of simplicity, and how we may regain it.
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About the Author
Mark Burch is an author, educator, and group facilitator who has practiced simple living since the 1960s, and since 1995, offers presentations, workshops and courses on voluntary simplicity. He is currently a Fellow of The Simplicity Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He is also Up-Skilling Program Coordinator for Transition Winnipeg, a member of Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative, and is past clerk of the Peace and Social Action Committee of the Winnipeg Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers). Mark has published seven books on voluntary simplicity, as well as essays, articles, podcasts and videos. His most recent book, The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction, is published by The Simplicity Institute in Australia.