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Psychodynamics of Conscious Simplicity

Although far from completed, of special interest here is the collection of references below

Rationale for voluntary simplicity in the 21st century
Challenge to meaningful existence
Tangential perspectives
Tangential perspectives: Psychology and Psychodynamics

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Rationale for voluntary simplicity in the 21st century

There are a number of interwoven reasons for clarifying and giving credibility to voluntary simplicity:

  • Constraints on energy resources: Rapidly rising oil prices make it very clear that there are constraints on lifestyles based on profligate use of energy -- especially in its non-renewable forms. There are, and will be, increasing pressures for simpler lifestyles. Cheap flights to the other end of the world will be come less feasible.
  • Increasing marginalization: With unchecked increases in population, increasing proportions of the population will be under survival pressure from lack of resources, and nwill be obliged to adapt their lifestyles
  • Security: The increasing pressures on physical and financial security will encourage more people to cultivate simpler lifestyles to avoid attracting unwanted attention, whether from fiscal authorities, envious neighbours or opportunisitic criminals.
  • Congestion: Increasing population pressures are likely to make physicial travel less meaningful and much more of a hassle. The challenge of restricting daily life to a constrained environment will become more evident, whether or not this is a form of gated community.
  • Social security and pensions: Increasing acknowledgement of the constraints on pension funds will oblige pensioners to seek means of living even more simply.
  • Unemployment: Pressures from the emerging economies of the high population developing countries will impose increasing lifestyle constraints on those in the so-called industrialized countries.
  • Threat from disease: Increasing dangers of exposure to emergent diseases, whether associated with genetic engineering or disease resistance bacteria, will encourge "cocconing", especially where hospital facilities may be inadequate.
  • Dematerialization of recognized quality of life: Through early and extensive exposure to possibilities, people will learn far more quickly of the limitations of material satisfiers and will turn more readily, and at an earlier age, towards simpler alternatives and the challenge of "thrival".
  • Broken promises: Wider segments of the population will recall more readily the lessons to be learnt from spin, lying and broken political promises. There will be less willingness to submit to austerity in the expectation of a better life later, and a greater preparedness to explore the concrete opportunities of a better life now through austerity.
  • Collectivisation: Challenges to individualistic lifestyles may focus renewed interest for some in collective alternatives with greater potential for sustainability. Those within such experiments may be forced to cultivate simpler lifestyles to protect their sense of identity
  • Radical isolation: Increasing interest is likely to be developed by some personality types in survival in radically isolated, inhospitable zones as a reaction against urbanized or collectivized options.
  • Self-development focus: Recognition of the many challenges of organized social life will encourage many to explore lifestyles specifrically focused on personal psychological or spiritual development
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  • denial
  • criminal distraction population
  • rapture and environment
  • Africa -- mess of potage
  • urbanization
  • authenticity
  • problematic authorities
  • questionable track record
  • spont. armaggedon
oblematic authorities
  • questionable track record
  • spont. armaggedon

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