There are a number of popular blogs about minimalism and simple living. Some people think there’s a glut. As the fad begins to wane, some of those sites are dropping off. This seems like a bad time to keep going on this topic, when the winners have been declared. We have our celebrity minimalists now, with book deals and talk show appearances and Netflix series. That’s why I want to take a moment today to explain why I write about simple living minimalism.
Because I believe in it. That’s it. That’s the answer. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
Seriously, the United States in on fire and I think that things are going to get worse before they get better. It’s going to be a long time before a lot of damage can be repairs, and wounds can be healed, and things settle into any sort of agreeable normal. To ride this out, and be prepared for whatever comes next, we all need to be lean, mean, and prepared.
I know that my physical and mental health were wrecked by the constant bombardment of consumerist messages. The siren call of materialism left me feeling less-than, and without purpose. There was a void that I was trying to fill with stuff. It turned out not to be a hole to be filled, but a wound to be healed, and jamming stuff in there was only making it worse.
What’s Actually Important?
I also know that it’s not just me. It isn’t even just other people. I think the whole culture is sick. To get better will require a mindful reassessment of priorities. What do we, as a society, value? Do we even know what we truly, deeply want? What do we not need, that we should have gotten rid of a long time ago? How can we clear away decades, nay, centuries of clutter to make space for the things that are essential and important?
Why I Write About Simple Living Minimalism
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About Berin Kinsman
Berin Kinsman is a writer, simple living minimalist, and spoonie. By day he works as the owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.