Summary New Society Publishing says "Elegant Simplicity provides a coherent philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit. In it, Satish Kumar, environmental thought leader and former monk, distills five decades of reflection and wisdom into a guide for everyone...
Elegant Simplicity is a life guide for everyone wanting off the relentless treadmill of competition and consumption and seeking a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of the Earth, social equity, and personal tranquility and happiness."
About the Author New Society Publishing says "Satish Kumar [is as] long-time peace and environment activist and former monk, has been quietly setting the global agenda of change for over 50 years. He settled in the United Kingdom after an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage and took the editorial helm of Resurgence magazine in 1973, a post he held until 2016. Over the decades he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of internationally respected ecological and educational ventures"
I really don't have too much to say about this book. Go read it! I found reading this book to be a simple, elegant, and relaxing journey. As mentioned in the foreword, Satish's words are comforting, and I found them to bring me much peace of mind while I was reading them. The book accomplishes its objective in my mind, because it explains Satish's belief of elegant simplicity and the implications that arise from it in a beautiful and captivating manner. Every chapter flowed magnificently from one to the other. The foreword by Fritjof Capra was an excellent distillation of the entire book and did a great job of captivating the reader for what was to come. Each chapter starts with a picture of sand and rocks in some kind of pattern, the title of that chapter, along with a relevant quote or two. Then, it moves into Satish's narratives which flow smoothly and simply and elegantly explain the idea that he wants to convey in that chapter. Each chapter ends with something along the lines of "and I will explain to you how what you just read here relates to what you will be reading next." Then, it ends with a quote and a picture of bamboo. The ethics, philosophy, lifestyle, society, and all the other implications of the concept of elegant simplicity give me much to think about and much more peace of mind to slowly move towards. Reading this book is a pilgrimage in itself.