Some controverse thoughts on Minimalism

After my popular post with some humorous thoughts about minimalism I want to throw some more controversial thought into the mess and thus this post was born.

About the meaning of minimalism and what comes after you’ve done all the decluttering and is minimalism really the way to make you happy.

I have a feeling that there is a big elephant in the room that many minimalist bloggers seem to ignore for the greater good of writing yet another post about getting rid of the stuff in your garage, so let’s get the big elephant into the room:

Minimalism does not make us happy. It never will. It simply can not make you happy. How would it be able to make you happy when all that minimalism does is focus on stuff?

Didn’t we just learn that stuff doesn’t make us happy?Isn’t that what Minimalism is supposed to teach us?

Why do we then expect to become happy when we follow a minimalist lifestyle? Everything, the point of it all has to be about the things that follow after we’ve achieved that state of Minimalism.

This is by no means to belittle the efforts of thousands of people who are joining Minimalism and who are busy with decluttering, it’s just a reminder to look at what’s next and to not mistake Minimalism for the answer to all your problems.

Because it’s not.

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And to appear more philosophical, let’s insert a picture with some stacked stones here! Also posts with pictures are nicer to look at and get more clicks and that’s what we’re here for, right? More clicks!

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Some controverse thoughts on Minimalism

5 thoughts on “Some controverse thoughts on Minimalism

  1. archies2013 says:

    Thanks for the post Jessica.
    I believe (as you know, since you read my blog) is that happiness first comes from satisfying our basic physiological needs, and then by learning how best to mentally process the things that happen to us externally.
    Minimalism won’t necessarily provide happiness, but focusing on material possessions will be almost guaranteed to bring unhappiness. It is more a case of removing the unessential so we can focus on what is important. As long as we are distracted by “stuff” we will be unlikely to achieve a greater level of happiness. On that note, it is also important to say that happiness is not a black or white, you have it or you don’t thing; it is more a matter of degree.
    Thanks again,
    http://www.DirtyRedHat.com
    Archie

    1. Hi there,
      The point I’m trying to make is that with Minimalism you still focus on material possessions. Even if you’re getting rid of them, the material possessions are in the center of your attention. Even when you’re decluttering you’re focusing on your stuff.

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