"The Disparate Roots of Voluntary Modesty"

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Environmental Values (journal)

Librová, Hana. “The Disparate Roots of Voluntary Modesty.” Environmental Values 8, no. 3 (1999): 369–80. doi:10.3197/096327199129341879.

The effective solution of environmental problems calls for changes in levels of consumption. Sociologists have described moderation in households of high socio-economic status in affluent countries, and also a type of modesty which cannot be a response to the experience of abundance. However, its essence is not the way of life of a traditional community. Sustainable living based on self-restraint could be considered to be a symptom of the summit of cultural evolution to date. Nevertheless, historical experience warns us against making too much of contemporary cases of moderation.
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