Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Luxuries, comforts, and hindrances

Food, shelter, clothing, and fuel. These are the essentials. Not until these needs are met can we afford time and effort on anything else. A few tools make easier the getting of food, shelter, clothing, and fuel, but all too often our collection of tools grows until they are a giant pile of things that demand our constant care and attention. Who is the master and who is the servant?

"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind."  — Henry David Thoreau, "Economy," Walden

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