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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  
Margaret Mead 

 A short while back one of Minimalism’s key proponents and best writers, Everett Bogue, all but declared the movement dead.  “An idea that came and passed” he said, “the echo of a revolution that once was.”  Bogue breezily dismissed the idea as sufficiently dispersed, and asserted that we’ve now evolved passed the point where Minimalism is important.  

However this is not likely and, if one is to call it a movement, Minimalism is clearly still in its infancy.  Want to know how I know?  Try this experiment…  Take a step outside and cross over into your neighbour’s yard.  Now rascal on over to their house, peek into the window, and tell me what you see.   How tightly are they jammed into their knick-knack congested living rooms?  Are they huddled around a $2000 hi-def widescreen, watching Hoarders or Buried Alive like it’s a how-to video?  How about the next house?  And the next one? 

Everett allows that Minimalism was just a transition point.  I don’t contest this, after all there is life beyond “space”.  And we don’t just go from house-full-of-junk straight to augmented humanity.   But the vast majority of Western civilization is still somewhere between house-full-of-junk and 100 Things

This is not to say that I wouldn’t find it more than slightly gratifying to see the movement reach critical mass, and see the transition point become tipping point.  Several enchanting possibilities await us in the future should we all get a handle on our consumption.  But Minimalism has yet to achieve nearly the sufficient momentum to shake the foundations of the market hard enough for it to admit that it’s noticed.

I guess what I’m saying is, Minimalism’s ideas would need to attract very significant numbers to convince the tastemakers that we don’t want their pointless crap anymore, that we’re not buying into their obsolescence plans or created needs, that we can dictate for ourselves what we want in our lives, and how and where we want to live them.  Maybe when the bottom lines start dropping we can join Everett beyond his transition point, but until then there is a long way to go if we want to quell the environmentally, and spiritually, harmful wave of consumerism crashing up against our shores.

It all matters very little to me, however. I haven’t a shadow of interest in joining movements or being identified with a cause, the reasons for which I will cover in my next post. I’ll take my minimalism with a small “m”, thanks. For me it’s simply a very effective means for isolating my passions and exacting my freedom.

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