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A few weeks ago we watched Minimalism: a documentary about the important things, with the Peaceful Tribe.
We live in a world of consumption
One thing that resonated with me was how electronics, furniture, and anything that we buy is built so it won’t last forever. Therefor, we buy and buy over and over again the same objects every few years.
I remember my grandfather trying to change the broken input cable from an external hard-drive that I had. The manufacturer made it in a way that you couldn’t change the input, in order to force you to get a new one instead of simply changing one small cable.
I remember him getting upset about how things are now built in a way so you can’t fix them and have no choice but replacing them with a new one.
My grandfather was good at fixing things, he loved finding old bicycles and make them work for us to play. We had a plastic tractor, 1 small and 1 medium electric motorcycle, and bicycles in different sizes for all of my cousins!
Only now I realize that my grandfather was a great example of intentional living. Instead of buying new, he took broken things and gave them a second life to share with his family.
Lessons From Minimalism: a documentary about the important things
- People are spending money faster than they are earning it
- People are trying to buy happiness
- We live in an illusion that our life should be perfect
- The american dream is not for everybody
- You can’t control making more money but you can control spending less
- There’s more to life than bills, money and work
- Check out project 333 to live with less clothes
- Meditation is about finding well being in the present moment
- We are always distracted by things like phones etc, and meditation is an antidote to these distractions
- Human identity should be defined by what one does and not what one owns
- We think we need those things because we’ve been told we needed them by society
- Minimalism is about questing for a life that is good for yourself and the people around you
- When you get something new you should ask yourself: is this adding value to my life?
- Love people and use things, because the opposite never works
Over to you
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