Does frugality bring more wisdom, virtue, happiness? Is consumerism driving economic growth a form of patriotism? Jesus’ lifestyle was simple. Yet many affluent Christians live little different from our extravagant, over-spent culture. Can simple living reduce temptations, worry, while enhancing peace, self-sufficiency, closeness to nature and God? Is cheap more moral? Can frugality increase charitable giving potential?
Is one inner directed or peer pressure driven? Is a pattern of extravagance or chasing high fashion labels wasteful? What of humility? Can one be frugal towards his own needs yet open-handed, generous towards God, a good steward?
Author Emrys Westacott teaches in an American college. He prefers a Denmark-style, socialist society. He sees it as holding more tranquility and relaxed quality of life. I heard most of his January, 2017 C-Span interview. Being consistent, Westacott should challenge deficit-draining governments also to be frugal and watch their spending—Detroit, Illinois, Greece, Italy and many other struggling, spendthrift governments. I appreciate certain issues he raised more than his checkered world view.