“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”
— Oscar Wilde
I’m not one for New Year resolutions. However, it is a time of reflection and I’m glad for the progress I have made in decluttering my life and prioritizing what truly matters over the past few years. Maybe 2016 is the year for another person out there to step away from the frenzy of mindless consumption. More junk around house doesn’t make anyone more happy. And it is certainly not your duty to spend your hard-earned capital only to increase corporate profit.
Alternatively, I don’t advocate volunteer poverty as such. It is wonderful to have nice things; decent clothing, well-made furniture, good food, and a cozy house. Just remember, unless you were born into wealth you did not earn yourself, the objects you buy don’t really cost money, they cost your time, freedom, and ultimately, your life.
My constant resolution is to become better, do better things, and be a better person than I was last year.
Happy New Year to all.
What are you resolved to do this year?
“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.