Minimalism and how it relates to freedom

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% Leah Rowe % 2019-09-06

This has always been my thought for years but I didn’t know how to put it into words that correctly convey my meaning, until now.

Minimalism (or frugality), contrary to popular belief, is not about having less and it has nothing to do with how you spend your money.

Minimalism, rather, is all about making the most efficient use of everything. It is also about dependency, or the lack thereof. As Tyler Durden, the fictional antagonist in Fight Club said in the film: The more you own, the more it ends up owning you.

I try to avoid buying things. I like to make things instead. I enjoy writing, computer programming, soldering, fine art and swimming. I also enjoy video games from time to time (but I only play retro games, either on emulators or on consoles that I’ve modified in my lab).

When I wash my clothes, I don’t iron them; instead I hang and stretch them and that gets out most of the creases. I avoid using the tumble dryer; instead I hang them up to dry on an airer in my house. I clean my house only once per week (to avoid excess use of cleaning products), though I do keep it (and the kitchen) tidy during the weak.

I’m not fully vegan anymore, but I only eat meat once or twice a week… usually chicken, like on a Friday or something, as a treat (I put it in a stir fry - Stir Friday!). The destruction caused by animal farming isn’t because of that it itself, but it’s rather that we eat too much meat. This is why factory farming exists; if we instead only eat meat once or twice a week, in very small amounts, factory farming won’t be needed anymore and local organic farming can take over. We have been eating meat for thousands of years, but it has only been in recent decades that we eat meat every day or even every week. The lesson is not that meat is bad, just that excess is bad.

I’ve used the exact same computer for the last 5 years. The one I had before that, I used for 10 years. Most of my clothes are at least a few years old, and I patch them up if they get rips/tears in them.

Put simply, frugality (minimalism) is about not taking for granted what you have. It’s an ideology. It’s a state of mind.

Minimalism is being free from materialistic oppression. It’s about reducing your burden on society, and about reducing its burden on you.

I don’t want to read a book. I want to write one.

I don’t want to admire the Mona Lisa, because it’s crap. I can paint much better than that.

You get the point. I just felt like writing this. I’m actually very busy this weekend so I wanted to get this off my chest first.

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Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.