My favorite bit comes at the end –
Emily Loftis: You write that self-discipline is made to liberate and not to constrain the soul. After your experiment, do you still find this to be true?
Mark Boyle: Yeah. I think greatest thing I’ve gained from the last two years has been a massive sense of liberation. There’s a really good quote from Epicurus; he says, “If you want to make Pythocles rich, do not add to his wants but subtract from his desires.” When you reduce what you need in life to the bare minimum, then that’s when you achieve true freedom. It’s kind of like an alcoholic: You have to keep drinking more and more alcohol to sustain a certain level of drunkenness. In a way, I think we’re like that. We’ve never got enough. So the more we consume, the more we want. And the more we want, the more we have to work to pay for all these things and insure them and then get stressed about them and protect them and get bigger houses. I think true freedom comes with letting go of them.