When I first started to think about the discipline of simplicity, I decided to see what our good friend 'Google' had to say about it. Not surprisingly, there are copious websites dedicated to 'simplifying your life' or 'living simply.' However, as I combed through these sites and suggestions, a discontent emerged within me. Most of these sites only dealt with the external practices of simplicity. They advise one to 'consider a smaller house'; or 'eat more organic foods,' or 'get a better organizational system'; or 'consider a smaller car.' It made it sound as if simplicity was nothing more than a matter of deciding what to do with the stuff we have. It also seemed very consumption based. While shunning the notion of consumption and excess, most of the suggestions advised you on what purchases you should make. This is seen very clearly through the magazine 'Real Simple.' This magazine is essentially a collection of advertisements. The message? If you want to simplify your life, these are the things to buy.