Can we please stop with the smug “think pieces” by self satisfied assholes extolling the virtues of minimalism. Look, I get it, you are rich, you can afford to “live with less stuff.” I, on the other hand, am poor, I do not have enough stuff. I would like to get more stuff but unfortunately being poor I cannot afford said stuff. If you would like to live with less of your stuff I would be happy to take it for I currently am very short in the having of stuff department.
As an aid to the budding young minimalist I shall now present a translation of a few of the core tenants of minimalism by a poor person. It is my hope that this translation will aid in building a bridge of understanding between the haves who want to have less (rich people who want to feel better about themselves, aka minimalists) and the have nots who want to have more (poor people who are struggling to get by, aka the rest of us)
The less you own, the less you have to take care of.
The few things I do own I cannot afford to take care of so they are constantly breaking or breaking down which is causing me to own even less.
The less you own, the less you have to replace.
See point 1 above. My shit is constantly breaking and I really cannot afford to replace it. Sucks.
The less you own, the less money you need to earn.
I am dominating on this front. I don’t earn shit.
The less you own, the more time you have for other things (and people).
People do not like me very much because I am poor. I cannot afford to do things that people typically enjoy doing. These include things like going out to eat, going to the movies, going on a vacation, etc.
The less you own, the less things you need to protect.
This one I take issue with. The few things I do own I really need to protect the shit out of. Being poor I live in a very dangerous neighborhood. Crime, including theft, is rampant. If I do not protect the little shit I do own I will eventually have zero shit left.
It’s not always easy to want less, but we are capable of doing it. It starts with appreciating what we already have.
It is hard to appreciate things when I cannot afford to feed myself a nutritious diet.
Minimalism is not about depriving yourself of comfort. It’s not about having a poverty mindset. It’s about removing distractions from your life. Having fewer wants can greatly uncomplicate your life.
I am not comfortable at all. I live in poverty so I guess I do have a poverty mindset. I have tons of distractions mostly on account of the shit neighborhood I live in because I am poor. My life is fucking complicated as shit even though I have almost no shit. It seems to get more complicated the less shit I have.
It doesn’t mean we can’t be wealthy (if we have everything we need, we are wealthy).
In fact it means the exact opposite, only the rich can afford to be minimalists. For the rest of us minimalism is just everyday life, and it mostly sucks.