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Elegant Simplicity: Reflections on an Alternative Way of Being [Paperback]

John Reed
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1 April 2010
Elegant Simplicity is learning to live with less, to respect others, to control one's ego and try to preserve the precious resources on our planet. We have complicated our lives with possessions, riches and clutter, whereas only in inner and outer simplicity can true fulfillment and happiness be found. By demanding less, we should be ready to give more. We can respect our finite natural environment, overcome our ego and all that it demands, learn to love wth our soul and live without pride. Therein lies personal fulfilment's.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Calder Walker Associates; 1st Edition edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954127552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954127558
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,318,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Reed was born in 1946. In the course of a varied and eventful life he has studied the temptations of the ego in relationship to the wisdom teachings. He divides his time between France and New England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet Truth. 28 Mar 2011
John Reed has written this book elegantly on a subject that most of us want to sweep under the carpet. His views, supported by some excellent research on the appaling economics of this country,is sound logic. Every banker, politician and economist should read it. Those young people studying for a profession should read it. It is a must for the latter but the former should squirm in embarrasment and guilt.
There are many very good pieces of advice about life and about our poor old planet.
Great book, although grim in places John Reed's book gives the world a way out of the mess we have made it. Will we take it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living With Less and Enjoying It More 9 July 2012
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"Elegant Simplicity" (2010) by John Reed
A Review by Charles Day

I recently hung out with author John Reed at a conference on "Re-Envisioning Prosperity," held on Wall Street in New York City to make its point. He gave me his recently published book on "Elegant Simplicity: Reflections on an Alternate Way of Being," which anticipates many of the conference issues. It's about our need to learn and relearn "living with less and enjoying it more" if humanity and the planet are to survive the many problems we've created over the past few decades, which he succinctly and eloquently details. He laments the current world view that worships capitalism, materialism, and consumerism - not to mention the militarism that fuels and is fueled by them - a view that is now alarmingly being exported to developing and underdeveloped countries and is rapidly leading humanity down the path of self-destruction. We have long passed the possibility that "sustainability" is enough to solve our problems.

He feels a new world view and any meaningful change will probably have to happen in some evolutionary/spiritual/miraculous way, since time is now of the essence and our rational intellect, our altruistic and compassionate desires, and even our self-interest do not appear to influence the economic and political powers presently guided by egoistic greed, competition, and immediate gratification. "Greed is Good" has become the acknowledged mantra of Wall Street, and ours as well to some extent, though less consciously, since we really don't want to give up much of what we feel we've honestly earned and are entitled to.

Reed's views were echoed by the "Re-Envisioning Prosperity Conference presenters. He and many of the spiritual leaders and spiritual-but-secular participants were cheerful individuals, but they were nonetheless pessimistic about outcomes, especially presenters who had been Wall Street financiers and left their jobs because they could no longer conscientiously participate in what they perceived to be the accepted, promoted, and rewarded immoral and unethical practices and policies now governing Wall Street brokerage and banking firms. They all felt our economic future is going to get even worse because we're applying only short-term solutions that enable the same destructive practices to persist without having enacted any appropriate and effective long-term regulations. While I agree that realism dictates pessimism regarding the apparent direction of humanity and the planet, my imagination keeps me optimistic. I highly recommend "Elegant Simplicity" to all who care about creation. Peace, Charlie Day
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