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Modern Contemplative Life: The Minimalist Style

“Why the hell are you so happy?” Ryan asked his friend Josh. For twenty minutes, Josh discussed this thing called Minimalism. 

This new way of life is now emerging in the United States. It is called Minimalist Lifestyle.  I first came across this buzzword while searching for an interesting movie in the Netflix. The 2016 film entitled MINIMALISM: A Documentary about the Important Things is directed by Matt D’Avella, starring Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. It is about “people dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness…showing the virtues of less is more.”

My first impression after reading the title and its description was, Oh, minimalism? Having only one of each kind and living without gadgets like in the old days? Seriously? Out of curiosity, the critical and skeptical me decided to take a sneak peek…but later, I enjoy watching all of it.

The one hour and eighteen minute-documentary starts with Ryan narrating about the emptiness and void in his life that cannot be filled, and his attempt to buy happiness by spending money. It is followed by resource persons giving their views on how people live in this age of information technology.

One said that social media and advertising dictate how our lives should look like, and that the concept of American Dream and the $100,000.00 plus per year income has become more of an inspirational norm because it is portrayed as normal on television. Hence it causes dissatisfaction leading to miseries.

I didn’t expect to learn so much from this film. It is so sensible that I decided to jot down their philosophies, and try, maybe someday, to apply their ingredients in my life. Here are some of their principles:

1.We can create our own life template

We can create template on our own and not use the American Dream or Keeping up with the Joneses (or maybe Keeping up with the Kardashians) template. It is just a template and not the template.

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