After reading this and then reading some essays from The Bill McKibben Reader, that I found at a church rummage sale recently, I have been thinking more about why our family makes the choices we do.
In Bill McKibben's essay, Consuming Nature, he points out that humans consider themselves to be the center of the universe and that consumerism is mostly about filling the "it's all about me" desire with very little thought about the consequences.
But on the flip side he brings up the point that those of us that have chosen to live more on the outside of this societal norm may also be filling ourselves with a similar kind of "this makes me feel good about myself". You know like - "You wouldn't believe what it was like doing the morning chores in negative 30 degree weather" or "We had a home grown meal tonight - quiche with eggs from the chickens and veggies from the garden."
Bill McKibben concludes, though, that living the latter is, of course, better for our planet.
I think, though, that there is something much deeper about choosing less and being more connected to our food, our heat source in the winter, and to each other (our family). I find an inner peace living this lifestyle and will keep fighting off the never ending temptations of more.