Food for Thought:
Some tidbits to mention to friends you'd like to interest in living lightly

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."
- G.K. Chesterton


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Travel and Consumption

Consume : to take up completely... devour, waste, destroy, spend. To cause to disappear or vanish away. To destroy a living being, or more usually a race or tribe by any wasting process. To spend goods or money, especially wastefully; or money, especially wastefully; to waste, squander.

In the 18th century, the word was even used as a curse, as in "Consume you!"

...It was at the end of the 19th century that George Bernard shaw wrote in Candida: "We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume weatlth without producing it." [and voluntary simplicity is a means of consuming and producing happiness, consuming and producing the wealth that matters most -- the wealth of the soul or spirit.]

--excerpted from "Can We Separate Travel From the Notion of Squandering?" by Jim Molnar, Seattle Times (Seattle, WA, USA) Sunday, Aug 20,1995 Travel section