Sim­ple liv­ing


That every­one in this world should be able to main­tain as high a stan­dard of life as pos­si­ble with the best pos­si­ble out­put of labour is just as fan­tas­tic as to ex­pect a camel to pass through the eye of a nee­dle .... Lux­u­ri­ous liv­ an im­pos­si­ble propo­si­tion for any so­ci­ety as a whole. And when there is no limit to lux­ury, where shall we stop? All the scrip­tures of the world have taught the ex­act op­po­site. ‘Plain liv­ing and high think­ing’ is the ideal that has been placed be­fore us. The vast ma­jor­ity rec­og­nizes its truth, but are un­able to get there be­cause of hu­man frailty. It is, how­ever, per­fectly pos­si­ble to en­vis­age such an ex­is­tence .... Man falls from the pur­suit of the ideal of the plain liv­ing and high think­ing the mo­ment we want to mul­ti­ply his daily wants. His­tory gives am­ple proof of this.

Har­i­jan, 1-2-1942, p. 27

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