Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Small is beautiful

This morning Arnold was on Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Wereldomroep) for an interview about our Dog Hotel and future campsite. When he mentioned that we also have a tree nursery the interviewer was surprised about the large number of activities we employ. However we have a very small Dog Hotel, we want to have a mini campsite and the size of our tree nursery will make most commercial tree growers laugh. We believe in diversification, small is beautiful and simple living, it makes life much more interesting!

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." E. F. Schumacher

Our Dog Hotel accomodating Very Important Dogs (we consider all guest dogs as VIDs!)

Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered is a collection of essays by British economist E. F. Schumacher. He faults conventional economic thinking for failing to consider the most appropriate scale for an activity, blasts notions that "growth is good," and that "bigger is better," and questions the appropriateness of using mass production in developing countries, promoting instead "production by the masses." Schumacher was one of the first economists to question the appropriateness of using GNP to measure human well being, emphasizing that "the aim ought to be to obtain the maximum amount of well being with the minimum amount of consumption."

Simple living (voluntary simplicity) is a lifestyle characterized by minimizing the "more is better" pursuit of wealth and consumption. Adherents may choose simple living for a variety of personal reasons, such as spirituality, health, increase in 'quality time' for family and friends, stress reduction, personal taste or frugality. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 comment:

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

You have a really nice farm there it's amazing what you've done accomplished. I just attended a seminar about permaculture you would have liked it
vickie