The items that we own can be defined by three categories: Our necessities, our values and our emotional clutter. Items of necessity are often universally valued. For example, a toothbrush, a toilet, and a house, are material possessions that are deemed to be necessary in our society. However, a minimalist dares to ask the question, “Are my necessities based on my actual needs or are they based on cultural constructs?” For what is to be said of individuals existing before the “necessary” inventions of our time. What is to be said of the African tribe living in Kenyemba, Zimbabwe, who live hygienic and happy lives, using the concrete depths of the village squatty as their bathroom? (Learn more here)
The minimalist prayer redefines our opinion of necessity. For necessity isn’t always as evident as we assume it to be. The couch in the living room, the frame that the mattress rests on, the decorative oriental rug placed neatly on top of the carpeted floor, are they truly necessary? Or are they facades? A clever subterfuge assumed to adapt to the camouflage of our society. A minimalist is unafraid to open themselves up to a humbler existence. Recognizing that in some regards “humility” has been mis-defined as poverty, when it is truly just a gross misrepresentation of difference. A difference that is still honorable. A difference that is still effective. And a difference that is worthy enough to be considered as a lifestyle.
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