Today’s Minimalist Miscellany focuses on my interview at Setting My Intention, plus more socio-political discussion about minimalism, minimalism in New Zealand and a minimalist writer.
2. Why Minimalism is Not for Rich People discusses the same article I wrote about last week, Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy. Carina Sitkus says, “But what’s worse? To have privilege and consume without regard of your impact or knowledge of what others experience — or to have privilege and choose to live with less? Or better yet, use your minimalist lifestyle to spend more time helping others and recognize your potential for impact (both positive and negative) in the world?”
3. Jenn Sutherland-Miller writes in Minimalism is Privilege, “I’m not saying it’s wrong to be a minimalist. If you’ve got the privilege to make those choices, then you’ve also got a moral responsibility to make the very best choices you can, in terms of impacts and consumer fallout. But don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re better than everyone else, or you’re doing it ‘right.’ Minimalism might be the best, most ecologically and economically correct expression of extreme privilege, where global impacts are concerned, but it’s still privilege.”
4. Why Kiwis are embracing minimalism mentions an Otago University study of consumer attitudes and choices that’s been running since 1979. That study has identified a significant increase in the numbers of “progressive” consumers who make buying decisions based on the impact of their purchases on the environment and other people. This group has more than doubled in the last 10 years.
5. Bess Cozby writes about her attempts to simplify in Minimalism For Writers: An Experiment. “Are there ways that I can carve out a quiet, uncluttered space for writing? And how might my writing and mindset change if I did?”