Yes, we want “enough” – but it should be just enough. Fewer material goods do not necessarily indicate poverty but rather, a power of personal restraint, which is both a lifestyle and backpacking ethic that leads to freedom. Embracing this philosophy may require an adjustment of attitude for most Americans – who are typically raised to believe that two chickens are needed in every pot, that two cars belong in every garage, and that a home with only one bathroom is substandard.
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