The problem with the simplicity movement is that its proponents mistake simplicity, which is an aesthetic lifestyle choice, for humility, which is a genuine virtue. Humility is an honest acknowledgment of one's limitations and lowliness in the great scheme of things and a realization that power over other human beings is a dangerous thing, always to be exercised with utmost caution.
Charlotte Allen is author of The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus (Free Press) and a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s Minding the Campus website.
We're purchasing a lifestyle, as the well-off are able to do.
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