Saturday, January 7, 2017

Minimalism: a Documentary

Tiny houses and tidying up - these two phenomena of sorts seem to be an apt reflection for a time and place where people are feeling underwhelmed and overwhelmed by the very same lives. In perhaps the most materialist and consumer-oriented time in history, there remains among many middle class dwellers a feeling of emptiness and a desire to get away from it all. "Simplify, simplify, simplify," advised Henry David Thorea way back in the 1830s in rural New England. Can you even imagine what he'd make of 2016.

So, ironically, there are many products and presentations and even apps that are available to help contemporary Americans in their quest to simplify their lives. One addition I recently encountered is a podcast and documentary from a couple of guys who call themselves "The Minimalists." Josh Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are attempting to help people live more with less. Take a look at their documentary trailer:

So, if you're feeling a like "The World is Too Much with Us," you may want to consider focusing on downsizing your life. And, while you're here, take a look and listen to this beautiful piece by REM that came on while I was posting this blog entry:

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