I haven’t read this book (though it is on my wish list), but as I am in love with both the voluntary simplicity movement and the slow food movement, I have become intrigued with Carle Honore’s recent book: In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed. Backlashing against our fast-paced society’s obsession with doing things faster and more efficiently which has, ironically, robbed us of the more meaningful time spent with family and friends, is akin to the voluntary simplicity movement in that it advocates a more “deliberate” existence.
While the voluntary simplicity movement focuses on our obsession with material stuff, Honore focuses on our obsession with “speed” — both of which, I think, spawn from the ideology of the so-called “American Dream” that presses us to work harder and more efficiently so that we can buy the “stuff” of the ideal, plush American Life (and also buy the things that will help us work even more efficiently). In this scramble for bigger houses, fast-food, smaller cell phones, PDA’s and laptops with built-in wireless technology (so that we are never, for a second, “offline”), and lush resort vacations where we can “relax and get away from it all” we sacrifice the things that are supposedly important to us: health, happiness, relationships with family and friends, and spiritual development and fulfillment.
I will stumble off my soapbox now, and leave you all with a few links (for those interested):