Where did the idea of Minimalism come from?

2 years, 4 months ago

This is an open discussion.

Minimalism is supposedly the way of stripping something down to its bare essentials to get the fullest effects out of what’s left. It can be applied to behavior, architecture, art..anything?
What is the intention?

October 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm

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Profile photo of Ben Ben (@cognizantelephant) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

to clarify-This is an open discussion. I mean ANY ideas, not pointing to this or that guy who did a thing, just any observation

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Profile photo of Shivvy Shivvy (@shivvy) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I know a few people that follow this way of life and for them it’s all about not getting attached to material things to get the ”real” life experience and to leave a minimal impact on the earth as well.

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Profile photo of Filip Filip M (@filipek) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@shivvy, well said.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@cognizantelephant, you’d do well to change the title then lol. asking where it came from is basically asking to point in a direction. But as far as your clarification, I understand minimalism it is about detachment from like shivvy says material things, but could also be detachment from things deemed as not essential to your own survival such as sexual desires, even talking. I know you said not to point anything out but to explain intention where better to find an example than the groups of monks in the east who practice this endeavour in order to enlighten themselves through disconnecting from anything outside of their survival as to reach some sort or meditative state or for spirituality. I cant say i am completely accurate on my description of how the monks do their thing but that would be an excellent place to find an example of why

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Profile photo of mitch mitch (@mitch) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

while minimalism and detachment can correlate well, they’re not mutually exclusive… one could be a minimalist and have few things, but have lots of attachment to their things.. or people, or ideas or whatever. And someone who has millions of dollars and tons of ‘things’ can very well be detached because they will be just fine, and just as happy on the inside, if one day they did not have anything.

I think minimalism always existed – we just got to a point where we went beyond the minimum as a society. And now that we’re way over-consuming, some of us are trying to strike a balance [whether it’s rationalized as such or not] between the very basic that we need to survive and the over-consumption of our world today.

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@cognizantelephant
Minimalism helps you realize what is essential and what is not.

It is utilitarian. It maximizes effect gotten from effort.

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Profile photo of AP_RESURRECTION AP_RESURRECTION (@AARISHPATELL) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

i think like if you study basic buddhism, they will tell you to reduce your dependence (or anything close) to material things – when you get used to nothing, then you are happy with less

and everything in life is relative, including our happiness – we get addicted to things and then the dependence naturally turns into taking the item for granted and then letting the dependence make you unhappy or get in the way of other, better thought processes

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Profile photo of AP_RESURRECTION AP_RESURRECTION (@AARISHPATELL) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

btw, what i mentioned above relates not just to material things but anything, including relationships – the idea is to not be dependent on anything else for your happiness, and i think it works very well

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Profile photo of Ezra Ezra (@zinvera) 3 months ago ago

The intention is to strip away the excess and un-needed things in your life, so that you can live a more meaningful valuable life. The time that you were spending on facebook, you could actually be contributing to your community or creating stronger bonds with those around you. It’s the casting away of consumerism, removing the dirty smudges to be able to truly see the beauty in the things around you. It can be applied to anything.

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