“I make myself rich by making my wants few.”
— Henry David Thoreau
For thousands of years, great minds have warned us against the acquisition of “Stuff”. The more stuff we have, the more we’re obsessed with newer, better, more interesting stuff. For about six or seven years now, I have been eliminating extraneous possessions; since before I had even heard of the Minimalist philosophy. Long ago, I realized that possession and the grasping for possessions is a serious root of much of the world’s evil. Greed drives our government. Greed drives the whole crazy idea of banking; not the idea of doing something good or worthwhile, or even making ourselves happy or free. Making money, buying junk, and paying to be entertained. This unholy trinity is the basis for most people’s lives and I don’t want to participate in that.
By most American’s standards, I own very little, but the next few months will see a serious change and a move toward absolute minimalism. I’m posting this here to maybe inspire a few others to think about their possessions, what holds you down, and what makes you happy. Every possession is an anchor.