"It is easier to wax elegiac for the life of a peasant when you do not have to use a long-drop toilet."
- Matt Ridley, The Rational Optimist
This quote seems timely, given the recent flap about a NY Times opinion piece about living simply. (Here is my favorite response to that: Wealth< Risk, and Stuff.)
I'll just note that I don't really mind the occasional long-drop toilet, but I think I would mind having to dig and fill in my own.