Art and the philosophy of life

Okay, so…

I watched a program called Minimalist, or something like that, on Netflix.  It was about guys who live with the barest minimum of “things” or “stuff,” and how much freer and happier they are because of it.  How they left high paying jobs to pare their lives down to nothing so that they could haver better lives and be free.  The two main characters don’t seem to live anywhere but on the road promoting their book and lifestyle but they seem sincere and nice.  The program is about consumerism and the horror of it all.  Seeing the few very select shots of Black Friday they showed would be enough to turn anyone off.  The show is about walking away, or living with just what you need.  Most of the people on the show were young.

Fewer and fewer people want to spend their lives working 12 hours a day, in order to buy stuff, pay bills and then grow old and die.  I don’t blame them.  Living inexpensively is the way to go.  I need art and books around me but not everyone does. You can have those things in a small or minimal space and truthfully, most of us do have more space than we need.  Many people don’t use all the rooms in their house, especially dining rooms, since the kitchen is where everything happens, now that life has become more casual.  Smaller space means lower bills, or no bills, if you can make that happen by living on someone’s property for little to nothing.

Most of the guys on the program were single and that makes a difference.  One man had six kids and there were families shown as well but their spaces were not shown and that had to be for a reason.  It was said that their children had few/controlled toys, etc. but we didn’t see anything but a wall or, in one case, empty counters that made their home look as if no one lived there.  Cold, barren and sad.  Not for me.  A couple who was going to have a baby had a lot of ideas, which is always funny because once the baby arrives their ideas may go out the window, as they say.

It was an interesting program and fast-forward is always available if you don’t want to watch a certain part, but if you’re thinking about living your life in a different way, you might want to check it out.


Comments on: "Okay, so…" (10)

  1. I was talking to some neighbors the other day about giving things away and keeping things. Giving away things like my grandmother’s china and depression glass. But you can’t take it with you.

  2. I’m always fascinated by how people choose, and in some case are unable to choose, how to live their life. Will definitely check out the show.

    • It’s true. We are each unique and how we live is a reflection of who we are as individuals. It was an interesting show…I hope you enjoyed it.

  3. I have seen the show some weeks ago. It is motivating and kind of adorable how the two made their way by throwing away their clutter and high paying jobs. They seem to move on with a more authentic life. I agree with you, that it seems to be possible, when you are single and free. I kind of struggle with my “clutter” now and then and try to keep things neat and clean, but it is not easy. I have lived in Japan in a tiny tatami room, back then it was possible to own few things, but it is years ago…

    • It is difficult to live with things and to live without them. It was an interesting program but they didn’t actually SHOW the homes where most of the people lived. We didn’t see the rooms where the children kept their toys, we didn’t SEE anything. I think some people may think it’s a good idea until they actually try it. I couldn’t do it, I know that. I can see not wanting to buy into the “work for your entire life,” concept…definitely, but some people can live with very little and some need a lot, while others are somewhere in-between. I can’t imagine what it must have been like living in Japan. As our lives change…our needs and wants change as well, I guess. We could probably all get rid of some things but the point is to be happy. The things I have make me happy. I don’t have anything that doesn’t and I think that’s the real key to how we should live.

  4. This has been in my queue for awhile. You’ve inspired me to watch it sooner rather than later!

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