I am becoming a browser of simple/plain blogs and websites, looking to see what others are doing, what others are thinking. And there are a plethora of books out there on the subjects. Some are practical and inspiring, but so many of them are written by people who simplify their lives by buying either the opera or symphony season tickets, but not both this year. The economy, you know.
One book (title and author mercifully forgotten) was about the simple life, so-called, on the West Coast, and it involved noshing one’s way through the farmer’s market rather than loading up the buggy at the Safeway, and the joys of spending the day on the couch in pajamas, reading the huge weekend edition of the newspaper, instead of doing something costly and time-consuming like planting a real garden. (Because there’s the farmer’s market.) One of the author’s tips to simplificationism was to not fold your clothes, just drop them into random baskets in your closet. Oh.
And buy your own coffee, organic fair-trade, of course, and make that latte at home!
I have never had a latte, let alone made one.
I think it might be a good idea to cut out the coffee altogether, if we can.
The stark reality of life on this planet is that those who are reading this blog are most likely to be living in a house of sorts, buying food most of the time, and are not suffering from any nutritional diseases. Their life expectancies are fairly high, comparitively. We have to struggle to find places and means to grow our own food, cut our own firewood, sew our own clothes. We are stuck in the capitalist economy, and we must fight to shake loose.
If the Amish were open to converts they would probably be swamped with applicants. I’d join tomorrow if it was possible, even if it meant living in someone else’s house and working twelve-hour days. I’d be willing to wait to buy our own farm, or to settle on someone else’s farm. It’s not just the simple life – it’s not that simple, as so many readers here know, to live off the land and make a wage for the things we can’t grow – it’s the Christian life that is the reason for doing things the Plain way. Christ comes first. Christ is the reason for what we do, and what we aspire to do. Obedience to Christ is the reason we keep doing it even when it looks like all may fail, because in faithfulness we cannot fail Christ.