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Redefining the Good Life in a Sustainable Society

Lester W. Milbrath

Environmental Values 2(1993): 261-269. doi: 10.3197/096327193776679891

The good life, as practised in modern society, not only is unsustainable but also is frequently not really good. Quality in living is necessarily subjective, it cannot be defined in physical terms, and can be found in many manifestations. The search for quality is conducted within ourselves and not in a shopping mall. Several suggestions for modes of living that provide quality but do not burden or injure ecosystems are presented. The condition of life systems on our planet demand that we cultivate simple lifestyles that are inwardly rich.


KEYWORDS: Quality of life, sustainable society, voluntary simplicity, the good life

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Sovereign Citizens and Constrained Consumers: Why Sustainability Requires Limits on Choice. Susanne Menzel and Tom L. Green

Eco-Sufficiency and Distributive Sufficientarianism - Friends or Foes? Philipp Kanschik



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