Most of us are always looking for more. ‘When will I get a promotion? When can I buy a bigger house? When will I save up enough money for my dream wedding?’ The real question is, when will it finally be enough? The reality of the fact is, never.
The dawn of capitalism came and infected people faster than even they could understand. Consumerism is founded on the basis of providing choice. Due to this, individuals have become addicted to the instant gratification, received from the act of purchasing. While societies obsession with consumer-based goods increases, the earth is paying the price. Natural resources are depleting at an alarming rate, and people are still not willing to forgo their luxuries. Crocodiles are skinned in order for women to own an aesthetic pouch to put their toiletries in. Sharks are speared for sport, so men can mend the fragility of their egos, for just a little while longer. The ecosystems are going off balance. Trees are being chopped down and marine life is disappearing, while the oceans are flooding with litter.
People need to slow down. Instead of using purchasing power to full fill the emptiness present in everyday life, we need to make conscious decisions. The situation has become such, that the act of purchasing directly damages the environment. Therefore, any conscious decision to stop oneself, is necessary. More than that, we need to declutter our lives of the already existing products, in a recyclable, productive way.
Minimalism is a concept that has come into play, more frequently over the last century. Due to the damage from over population and consumption that has resulted in climate change, humans are finally taking some sort of responsibility for their actions. Minimalism is a philosophy based on the reduction of the unnecessary. This goes beyond the reduction of material goods, onto the clarity of the mind, and invariably emptying it from negative or unnecessary thoughts.
However, focusing on minimalism in the material sense is vital due to the current state of the world. Reducing consumption can be done in multiple ways, in all aspects of our lives. The food we buy from the store can be reduced, if people spend more time growing vegetable patches in their gardens. Similarly, we can make our own clothes instead of supporting mass production. People can be more conscious of the waste their households produce, by buying environmentally friendly products.
There is a lot to be done if we choose to make a difference. Instead of giving in to the social pressures of capitalism and luxury, we need to be strong and make a change. By spending carefully on relatively less harmful products, people can stop the chaos before it’s too late. We don’t need the same sweater in three different colours. If you love someone, you’ll marry them, even if you have to buy cheaper flowers for the wedding. Everyone needs to be more aware of the choices we make; we need to be better world-citizens.