Living below your means is a cheap way to be rich.
Stewart Brand, creator of
CoEvolution Quarterly magazine and Whole Earth Catalogue
“I’m not sure if this quote should be attributed to Stewart Brand, nevertheless it inspires me because basically it’s a very impactful statement that gives a lot [wisdom] in a few words. For me it describes ecovillages. I live in the ecovillage Earthaven in North Carolina. I don’t own a lot of things and don’t buy a lot of things [as mainstream American culture encourages]. I find myself rich in friends and rich in the things that are important to me because I live below my means and so does everybody else at our ecovillage. This is why I’m inspired by this quote.”
Diana Leafe Christian, author of
Creating a Life Together:
Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages
and Intentional Communities