The Quiet Life

An eclectic group that celebrates the commonalities rather than the differences. The goal is to enjoy life in a simple manner and largely unplug from the main consumer highways that promote debt, selfishness, sex, conflict, all year sales, the 50 hour week and the like.
How does this feel? Paying down your mortgage perhaps, or turning off the TV permanently. It may be a refusal to upgrade the car, the phone, or even throw the mobile phone away!
Books are central as is an open mind. Being a contrarian relative to the rest of society brings alienation. So be it!

“Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn the old; return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not want society.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden


The Vagabond by Robert Louis Stevenson

Give to me the life I love,
Let the lave go by me,
Give the jolly heaven above
And the byway nigh me.
Bed in the bush with stars to see,
Bread I dip in the river
There's the life for a man like me;
There's the life for ever.

Let the blow fall soon or late,
Let what will be o'er me;
Give the face of earth around
And the road before me.
Wealth I seek not, hope nor love,
Nor a friend to know me;
All I seek, the heaven above
And the road below me.

Or let autumn fall on me
Where afield I linger,
Silencing the bird on tree,
Biting the blue finger.
White as meal the frosty field -
Warm the fireside haven -
Not to autumn will I yield,
Not to winter even!

Let the blow fall soon or late,
Let what will be o'er me;
Give the face of earth around,
And the road before me.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love,
Nor a friend to know me;
All I ask the heaven above,
And the road below me.

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Switch off your TV (and sell it)21 unread / 21LesMiserables, October 2023
Pipe Smoking17 unread / 17LesMiserables, April 2021
General health and well-being.9 unread / 9Tess_W, April 2021
Music15 unread / 15Tess_W, April 2021
Ataraxis: a list!31 unread / 31LesMiserables, August 2016
Maxims for 2013 and beyond24 unread / 24LesMiserables, August 2016
The Quiet Life and Other People15 unread / 15LesMiserables, May 2016
Keeping the world out1 unread / 1LesMiserables, July 2015
Your favourite tea16 unread / 16LesMiserables, February 2014
Relational Eating1 unread / 1LesMiserables, September 2013
Take a moment...1 unread / 1LesMiserables, July 2013
Do It Yourself (DIY)7 unread / 7LesMiserables, March 2013
The Evil of Debt14 unread / 14LesMiserables, March 2013
Not exactly in season (at-least in the Northern Hemisphere)6 unread / 6HarryMacDonald, February 2013
A salutary lesson in "needs"6 unread / 6LesMiserables, February 2013
Almost free to good homes5 unread / 5Nicole_VanK, January 2013
Walden20 unread / 20HarryMacDonald, January 2013
Just wondering on a cold morning . . .2 unread / 2Collectoreader, January 2013
The Map: a lament.12 unread / 12LesMiserables, January 2013
Book Recommendations9 unread / 9LesMiserables, January 2013
Art8 unread / 8Diane-bpcb, December 2012
Would it disturb our tranquility to discuss Internet anonymity?24 unread / 24HarryMacDonald, December 2012
Welcome, Booksloth!4 unread / 4HarryMacDonald, December 2012
pro et contra: internet3 unread / 3HarryMacDonald, December 2012
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