frugality and pleasure

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

The emphasis on frugality and a simple life does not mean that an environmental ethic frowns upon pleasure, but that the pleasures it values do not come from conspicuous consumption. They come, instead, from warm personal and sexual relationships, from being close to children and friends, from conversation, from sports and recreations that are in harmony with our environment instead of being harmful to it; from food that is not based on the exploitation of sentient creatures and does not cost the earth; from creative activity and work of all kinds; and (with due care so as not to ruin precisely what is valued) from appreciating the unspoiled places of the world in which we live.

— Peter Singer, Practical Ethics (second edition, Cambridge University Press, 1993). Excerpt from chapter 10: The Environment.

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