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== Simplicity can be complex ==
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The '''simple life''' can be an appealing idea, especially to those living in a [[city]] or [[suburb]], detached from nature.
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The reality is that living in a traditional way, close to nature, can be extremely complex. Consider [http://vasco-pyjama.livejournal.com/179007.html this description of how to make a cup of tea in rural Afghanistan].
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== Labor-saving and time-saving technologies==
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Technology can save time and effort, and yet technology has not meant simplicity and leisure for modern city-dwellers. A useful perspective is that of "[[intermediate technology]]" - this has almost the same meaning as [[appropriate technology]] as appropriate technology, with an emphasis on using some technological advancement, but not too much.
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For example, having a series of devices or a service that provides clean water to a tap in your house is great and makes life simpler, in practice, and could be considered intermediate technology. Buying small bottles of water for a dollar or more each gives no greater benefit but involves greater [[consumption]], [[waste]] of valuable resources and [[pollution]].
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In a rural context, threshers, tractors (or [[chicken tractors]]), deep wells and [[water filters]] could be considered intermediate technologies - all improving the quality of life, and reducing both the tedious simplicity (or monotony) of [[poor]] rural life, and reducing the complexity involved in getting the necessities and basic [[luxuries]] of life.
    
==Comfortable country living==
 
==Comfortable country living==
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See [[Simple living/Rural Architecture]] for a more complete extract and link to the full text on Project Gutenberg.
 
See [[Simple living/Rural Architecture]] for a more complete extract and link to the full text on Project Gutenberg.
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==Interwiki links==
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* [[Wikipedia:Voluntary simplicity]]
    
==External links==
 
==External links==
[http://blogs.theage.com.au/lifestyle/allmenareliars//archives/2006/09/crap_you_do_not.html Crap you do not need] - from the Age/SMH (Australian newpaper) blog ''All Men Are Liars''.
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[http://blogs.theage.com.au/lifestyle/allmenareliars//archives/2006/09/crap_you_do_not.html Crap you do not need] - from the Age/SMH (Australian newpaper) blog ''All Men Are Liars''
[http://www.self-sufficiency-guide.com Self Sufficiency Guide] to living more sustainably
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[http://www.self-sufficiency-guide.com Self Sufficiency Guide] to living more sustainably.
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[[Category:Voluntary simplicity]]
 
[[Category:Voluntary simplicity]]

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