Frugality vs Consumption

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Vancouver Community Garden

Vancouver Community Garden

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” 

Elise Boulding

Elise Boulding, a Quaker sociologist, scholar and activist, had a bold and ambitious goal to reinvent the international “global culture” by introducing a holistic, multidimensional approach to the peace process. She believed that we must turn away from consumerism and concentrate our energies on building educational communities that encourage creative and intuitive learning.   Our perilously divided world requires imaginative solutions.

Frugality is a desired state because it allows us to pursue ideas and outcomes that give life meaning.