A life of voluntary simplicity seems to be the exact opposite of conspicuous consumption that we discussed in our first week. We have come full circle from upper middle class competitive consumption to hippie-ish ideas about conservation and simple living. I appreciated the misconceptions about voluntary simplicity that the author provided, because I had those same assumptions when I began reading. I was surprised how age-old the hippy ideas were, dating back to ancient Greece. I thought reading about this lifestyle in all the different cultures at different times was very interesting. While this life of voluntary simplicity seems to be a good idea, I feel like it would only work on a smaller scale or in technology free environments. Even the ancient Greeks didn’t fully abide by the Golden Mean though, I’m sure, that many believed in it and thought it was right.