Minimalism as anachronism

The minimalist lifestyle is a growing phenomenon nowadays. It’s simply eliminating all things in your life you dont need in order to be happy. The most important things we need are food, clothing, love and a sense of purpose in our lives. All other things are less important or luxureous. You can read all about a minimalist lifestyle on the blog of Joshua Becker. The blog  of Leo Babauta can also learn a lot about finding simplicity in your daily life. They’re both interesting blogs with a lot of tips and advices.

In earlier times common people were obliqued to live a more minimalist life. It’s an anachronism to call our ancestors ‘minimalistic’, but it’s a fact that their lives were less abundant and more filled with doing and creating things rather than gathering and having things. People didn’t just had the opportunity to collect a lot of stuff to fill their houses. People were more focused on survival, making utensils and growing food. And were they less happy? No. I could go on and on about the value of the simple but at the same time rich life of our ancestors. Consumerism and materialism is not a good choice because;

  • Possessions become an extenstion of the self and having something empowers us. People become their stuff.
  • There is a strong correlation between materialism and serveral mental illnesses like depression. This article is about how materialism can damage your mind and body.
  • Concentration of mind and creating is what brings one happiness, not to clutter your life with stuff.
  • In the West an increasing rate of depressions is seen for all ages, while we’re all increased materially. We own more stuff than ever before, yet we are depressed more than ever.
  • Research shows that people become most happy of experiences. Material stuff only gives them temporarily happiness.
  • As humans are social beings, so having strong social relationships is one of the most important factors of happiness. This is more important than all the rest.
  • Citizens of the poorest countries are mostly the happiest people of all.


So reflect on all the stuff in your house. Do you really need it? Or are you willing to prevent your stuff taking possession of you?



Filed under Grandmother's Wisdom, minimalism, Minimalist Lifestyle, Self Sufficient Living

3 responses to “Minimalism as anachronism

  1. Makes a great read.

    It has been almost 3 months since I started writing about this but it is always so great to learn and note different people’s definitions of it!

    Brilliant post and honesty 🙂

    Glad to have stumbled upon your blog!

    Would love a feedback from a fellow minimalist on my blog about Minimalism and Simplicity!




  2. Hello: I need to ask you for permission to use a quote. Can you please contact me?

    • Hi Ellen! Thanks for your message! You are free to use any quote, no problem at all! Except the article about ‘Internet as the Otherworld’ because that one is for another academic blog.
      Or did I use a quote from you? If so, then I will delete it or quote you.
      I’m looking forward to your answer. Best wishes, Elisabeth

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