Recently I watched a Netflix documentary about “Minimalism.” What surprised me the most was that the “minimalists” seemed convinced that they had stumbled upon a new revolutionary concept. Gluttony was pretty much what these modern males were criticizing….just because we live in a capitalist world where your income level may allow you an everyday entry into an all-you-can-eat buffet, doesn’t mean that you have to eat yourself to death. Just because we have an artificial abundance of resources doesn’t mean that you should be lifted out of your house in a crane due to obesity.
The bizarre notion that being a capitalist is the equivalence of begin an unrestrained materialist who places no value on anything that isn’t materialistic is quite ridiculous.
Take radical activists for example who only criticize big business without ever seeing the full picture. Why are only corporations trying to carve their brand into your subconscious mind? What about the politicians who want your vote, the bureaucrats who need your tax money, religious leaders, cults, mass movements who want to recruit you and friends who try to convince you that they are right during personal conflicts? Everyone is out to get your mind which is precisely why I wrote “Battle For The Mind” years ago.
Minimalists have stumbled upon what generations before us had already figured out; even too much of a good thing can potentially destroy you. Moderation is key.
One of the first lessons my parents taught me was the meaning of the word no and that advertisers cannot be trusted. Just because a product looks amazing in a commercial doesn’t mean that it actually is. Another truth that is important to emphasise is that children often fall in love with the box that contained their gift. A child rarely cares about the price tag.
Being a minimalist is not an intersectional, progressive issue, if anything it is a reminder of how Christian truths are still relevant today. Do you really need a documentary to tell you that personal relationships are more important than materialistic ones? Do you really need to be reminded that living in a smaller house might make you happier as you won’t be haunted by endless bills?
My grandfather had the same fridge for God knows how many years, a proper retro creation, but why change it? It worked! Choose quality over quantity. If it breaks down after a year or five it was obviously not a wise investment.
It’s not about how much you have, it’s about how much you value what you have and whether or not it is useful to you.
It shouldn’t be necessary to remind people that time is limited, that death is final, your things will be there after you are gone. Your relatives will either argue over it, or it will be sold or thrown away. That’s it.