What does it mean when someone from a first world country proudly says “I am a minimalist”?
Does it mean they have no car. Or they do, but it’s not a Porsche, BWM or Mercedes.
Does it mean they only drink water. Or they did drink a no brand cola.
Does it mean they have no phone at all. Or they just don’t have an iphone.
I often “argue” with my people that minimalists don’t exist in more developed countries.
We are used to modern technology and better quality.
Someone I know, recently said “Money isn’t really important. All that matter in life, is love”.
I probably should mention that the love of his life lives on the other side of the world and every now and then he’d buy a super expensive ticket to see her.
I raised a skeptical eyebrow towards him.
“But in my defense” , he continued, “I live in a small apartment and I drive a cheap, old car”.
There was no point in involving myself in any further arguments with him.
He doesn’t like me much because he thinks I am spoiled.
He once came to the conclusion that my parents are super rich because I finished my education without debts
(ABSOLUTELY ANYONE can do the same in Holland – thank you, social system).
In my opinion:
If you are 30+ and you still haven’t lived on your own, you probably just don’t how to take care of yourself.
And about the car, hardly anyone ever buys a brand new car.
(And FYI a-hole, the first driving license someone ever owned in my family, was me, at the age of 24)
I can’t blame this person though, more people have told me I seem a bit spoiled.
Because I am spending money I have earned myself?
I won’t deny it, I am not a minimalist.
But I do have very limited interested, so I am not spending money on too many things.
What about you, do you consider yourself a minimalist?
Do you think it’s even possible in the current modern world?