"Can you tell me the difference between 'simple living' and 'voluntary simplicity'? I see these terms used all the time and I can't seem to find a definitive answer about what each one means. Are they just different words for the same idea or do they mean two different things?" --
This post was modified from its original form on 01 Sep, 6:59
I started thinking about this. The response has not yet been found.
Probably, that's a different concept!
I believe there is a difference between both simplicity is being simple in all life aspects and living in a simple lifestyle which the person doesnot choose it , he is created in a simple lifestyle area, he is found there and will live in.While VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY the person lives in a modern sophisticated complix area and he chooses to live as simple as possible , he feels so happy being simple and takings things easy, have simple house , furniture ....etc, choose being simple in his relations not complicated, and this appied to all lifestyle and basic needs food clothes, house equipment so on , works hand by hand with his her partner at home and even at work tries to compansate of being simple and the work and others working with him, and might face few troubles as it is different concepts as Pavel R said in the previous post.
This is a believe and ready to learn if there are another ideas .
Thank you Mamabear for raising the issue .
Maybe I am going to disagree a little.
1.) Fundamentally I think you are correct Abo R
2.) But I think bumper stickers that say live simply so that others may simply -- the concept is the same
3.) For us in the western world I am happier to not differentiate too much between people who are living simply because they really must and those who live simply to get more of what they want. (My goal is to make it easier for everyone to get decent food, and get to work or play simply and to use less.)
4.) As far as the environment is concerned mandatory simplicity is just as wonderful as voluntary simplicity.
As an underemployed crafts person I fit into the mandatory simplicity path.