Cutting down: What being a minimalist is all about

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    June 15, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    The challenge is that our materialistic, marketing-oriented culture keeps telling us that if we own this or that, our lives will be so much better. I look at my neighbors who have to keep their $50K SUVs outside because their garages are full of junk and they even rent storage space to keep more stuff that they never use (or even know what's in their storage lockers).... sad.

    About 20 years ago, there was a book and PBS TV series about "Affluenza" -- our treadmill existence of how we strive to keep up with the Joneses -- and it noted how people work longer hours, live in cluttered homes, and basically have lower quality of life because of their stuff. Sadly, our stuff kept us from having fulfilling relationships with real people.

    We don't own our stuff. It owns us!

    Today, "Affluenza" continues, but it has been compounded by gadgets that keep us "connected" and distracted from engaging those around us. We're more interested in what someone has posted on Facebook than having a conversation with someone next to us!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 14, 2014 6:17 a.m.

    Too much stuff. Maybe it's time to get back to the basics of love. With out being grateful for what you have or caring about what you have every thing and every body is disposable. value is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 13, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    We're not minimalist but it's time to purge 10 years' worth of junk, and wow it feels good to clean out things I haven't thought about in years!