Tsunami encourages peace in Aceh

In an era of rampant consumerism, thrift is hardly a word that rolls off the tongue, and younger people hardly know what it means. But Blankenhorn makes the case that “for so many of the problems now ailing us—from shameful wastefulness, to growing economic inequality, to independence-killing indebtedness, to runaway mindless consumerism—. . . the philosophy of thrift is the closest thing we have to a miracle cure.” With the economy in the doldrums for the foreseeable future, Blankenhorn might just be on to something. He gathers a rich collection of quotes relating to thrift, including religious voices like those of John Wesley (“Gain all you can. . . . Save all you can. . . . Then give all you can”), William Penn (“Frugality is good, if Liberality be join’d with it.

 

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