Our spiritual responsiveness depends on being as free as possible from dependence
on material security. Quakers therefore seek to resist the temptation to
define their place in society by acquiring possessions.
Simplicity involves constantly challenging the way we live and what our true needs are, and especially how our own standard of living is sometimes achieved at the expense of others.
"May we look upon our treasures and the furniture of our houses
and the garments in which we array ourselves and try whether the seeds
of war have any nourishment in these our possessions, or not."
- John Woolman, Quaker abolitionist