September 26, 2012 in Creating Simple Living
You know the saying ‘He who dies with the most toys wins‘?
It’s wrong. …though often times it seems like society lives by the rule.
Then some minimalists, while trying to argue, turn the saying into ‘He who dies with the least toys wins‘.
This is also wrong
Minimalism isn’t a ‘smallest amount of stuff’ contest.
Minimalism isn’t about an amount of stuff you own, it is about the hold that stuff has on you. You see, having or not having stuff can both become materialism. In materialism the focus is on stuff – whether you have it or not. Minimalism is removing the focus away from stuff.
Years ago I heard someone talking about love and how the opposite of love isn’t hate – it is indifference. This is totally true with love and it is also true with minimalism. It isn’t that we are indifferent to stuff in general. No one wants to live with no material possessions. Instead we are indifferent to the accumulation, the amount, and the force stuff holds in our lives.
While standing on a ‘soap box’ talking about the evils of materialism we need to be careful not to take on the same material focused lives.
The beauty of minimalism is it’s ability remove material possessions from our priority list allowing other, more important, things to be what we truly value.
I believe a big part of minimalism is shifting our focus outwards, realizing we are part of a global world, that we are only a small piece working with lots of other small pieces and the world revolves around none of us individually. This is the opposite of a materialist world where the focus always is revolving around us. A reader shared this video with me and it showed this point so well. (you have to click on the link, they wouldn’t let me embed it in the post but it is really good).
- For minimalism to be the opposite of materialism it has to be indifferent to material possessions instead of fighting against them.
- For minimalism to be the opposite of materialism it needs to be outward and group focused instead of self-focused.
I love seeing what other minimalists are doing and the way other people are living out simple living. I love sharing with you what we are doing. However, none of this is ever to compare. I think we can help each other by helping each other ‘think outside the box’, break habits, or further understand our own tendencies.
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