I just watched Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus’ movie Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix and very much enjoyed the film. Personally, growing up in a small town of 3,500 people - Northern California - I hadn’t realized the simplicity of the rural country until moving to Fullerton, in Southern California, to complete me bachelors degree. Southern California opened my eyes to the American consumerism culture and corporate drive. Not only are corporations driven to grow, the employees that work for these companies are pushed to spend more and acquire more items. There’s also the drive to increase one’s status by buying more expensive homes, automobiles, and the most advanced technological devices.
Unfortunately, for most people, this requires a very high-stress career. A career that consumes all free time that should be spent with family. Also, it usually requires the person to be “plugged in” during their free-time. I’m referring to constantly checking one’s cell phone, email, direct messages, etc. Detachment, on the other hand, is the opposite of being “plugged in.” I know from experience, plugged-in time with family is not the same as family time.
I respect Joshua and Ryan’s will to oppose the consumer norm and to travel, simplistically, throughout the country - sharing their techniques about living minimally. I believe that one of the many lessons to learn from the authors is that consuming more does not mean that you will be happier. A simplistic lifestyle, not focused on materialism; but, rather on relationships and family, is a much happier lifestyle than one cluttered with not needed depreciating status items.