National Simplicity Day

Today is National Simplicity Day.

It was founded as 12th July is the birthdate of Henry David Thoreau who was a fascinating man. Thoreau was born in 1817 and was an advocate of simple living.


I spend my life rushing from one task to the next never really feeling I do any one of them adequately. Thoreau was a philosopher, historian, surveyor, abolitionist, transcendentalist, naturalist and poet so certainly had a hugely busy life yet he aimed for simplicity. He was a man both of and ahead of his time; as a vegetarian and a follower of Hindu customs he lived as simply as he could close to nature.

I found it difficult to choose just one piece of his writing as an example of his work as his interests were so varied. I eventually decided to quote one of my favourites: ‘Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify’.


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