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"A common basis for living simply in all the world's spiritual traditions is expressed in the "golden rule" -

the compassionate admonition that we should treat others as we would want ourselves to be treated.


The theme of sharing and economic justice seems particularly strong in the Christian tradition. *



Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, stated around 365 A.D.:


"When someone steals a man's clothes we call him a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?

The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the man who needs it;

the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has not shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor."


In the modern era, this implies that if people in developed nations consume more than their fair share of the world's resources,

then we are taking food, clothing and other essentials from those who are in great need. "


Duane Elgin*

Voluntary Simplicity