SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
Years ago, a cigarette commercial asked if you were smoking more, but enjoying it less. That describes the way many of us live today. We are doing more, but enjoyingit less. And when that doesn’t work, we compound the problem. In our frantic search for satisfaction, we try stuffing still more into our days, never realizing that we are taking the wrong approach.The truth is simple; so simple it is hard to believe. Satisfaction lies with less, not with more. Yet, we pursue the myth that this thing, or that activity, will somehow provide the satisfactionwe so desperately seek. S.B Linder, in his devastating book, “The Harried Leisure Class,” described the futility of pursuing more. His research found that as income rose, people bought more things tooccupy their leisure time. But, ironically, the more things they bought, the less they valued any one of them. That was more than twenty years ago, and his prediction seems more accurate every year.In his book Linder challenges us to experiment with him. How could we simplify our lives if we want to enjoy life more? We must try it for ourselves: words will never convince us. (198 words)1. Answer the following questions according to the instructions (3 points as a whole)
a. Answer the following question using your own words. (10 to 20 words) (1 point)
a.1. According to thetext, when and why do people normally start buying more things?
b. Are the following statements true or false? Indicate the line(s) in the text supporting your choice (1 point as a whole: 0.5 pointeach)
b.1 The idea of having a lot and enjoying it little can be found in one of the books of the Bible.
b.2 We try to find satisfaction by selling all the things at home that we do notneed anymore.
c. Choose a, b or c in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (1 point as a whole: 0.5 points each)
c.1. Linder wrote his book:
a) ten years ago; b) twenty...