Before the book about Dick Proenneke's life in the Alaskan wilderness goes back to the library today, I thought I'd share a comment he made in the second to the last chapter. It really resonates with me.
Needs? I guess that is what bothers so many folks. They keep expanding their needs until they are dependent on too many things and too many other people. I don't understand economics, and I suppose the country would be in a real mess if people suddenly cut out a lot of things they don't need. I wonder how many things in the average American household could be eliminated if the question were asked, "Must I really have this?" I guess most of the extras are chalked up to comfort or saving time.