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width=Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Some people choose to downsize their lives for spiritual reasons or out of concern for the environment. For others, the decision may be out of economic necessity. Whatever the reason, please click here to read how living simply has inspired belief among these essayists.

1950s Essay of the Week: Hugo Haas

Nazi occupation forced Czech-born film impresario Hugo Haas to flee his homeland. After living in America for 13 years, Haas explored his beliefs, which ranged from his desire to embrace life to his gratitude for the gifts of nature, art, and friendship. Click here to hear him reading his essay, as was originally broadcast in the 1950s.

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