On living a “simple” life

How many times have I heard people call living on a farm or living in the past “simple”? Ursula K. Le Guin has a point here, in a quote from “Solitude,” her story in Diverse Energies:

Our daily life in the auntring was repetitive. On the ship, later, I learned that people who live in artificially complicated situations call such a life “simple.” I never knew anybody, anywhere I have been who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details, the way a planet looks smooth, from orbit.

There’s more where that came from in the anthology! You can pre-order it now online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) or look for it when it comes out in October.

3 thoughts on “On living a “simple” life

  1. So true. I love most of Le Guin’s stories, so this one is definitely one to look out for. Also, I found the same (although I probably couldn’t have phrased it that well) when I did research for a historical novel.

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