As much as I would like the world to be limitless, we are finite beings living in a finite timeline. Therefore, we little choice but to pick and choose that which is important to us and that which is superfluous.
To me, the only goal in life is to live in as happy a manner as possible and allow others to do the same. We all seek bliss; we’re just terrible at actually reaching it.
Focusing on just that which is important to us, that which makes us happy, is the ultimate level. If every component of our lives is measured against its ability to allow us to achieve peace and joy, both now and sustainably in the future, I imagine this would be a very different world.
Instead, we chase things, put up with people who bring only misery and stay in jobs and situations that are not conducive to our happiness, because it’s easier to choose short term relief than make real change.
I think that’s why minimalism appeals to me. I’ve never been a fan of overtly flowery prose. Every word should have a meaning, but be simple enough to convey its message. Simplicity often breeds complexity upon closer inspection as well, which provides depth to the work.
For example, if I tell you to think of clouds, that’s pretty simple. We all know what clouds are.
However, a white, fluffy thing hanging against a blue sky is a lot different than a grey-black line rumbling across the horizon. But it’s still all clouds.
That’s what I aim for: easy, with enough depth and differentiation to allow for that complexity and depth. Colour is a simple concept; shades make for a range of possibility that opens up a huge panorama of potential creations.
The universe seems almost designed this way; simplicity that can extrapolate to complexity. That’s what I strive for in a personal philosophy. A simple concept that can mean a million different things in a million different situations, but still holding that core value as its base.
Freedom, applied in a thousand different ways.
Joy, personalized for each person.
Growth, in whatever way comes up.
That’s what minimalism should be: a core value, extrapolated in an infinite number of directions, while remaining true to its original spirit.
That’s where a good philosophy reigns, and where a bad one falls short.