This evening I watched a documentary called Minimalist, addressing the problem of consumerism. It explained that today’s society have more than humanity has ever had, yet our continuous yearning for more is impossible to satisfy.
Success seems to be defined by what we have, which in turn positions our standing in society – no wonder we always want more. But sadly, having more does not make us happier, in fact, quite the contrary.
The solution, however, is not necessarily getting rid of everything you own, but rather to question whether or not those things add value – does it make our lives better. It’s a call for more conscious choices – both for the good of ourselves, but also for the good of the planet.
Thinking about it, it’s quite obvious that every choice we make in life have a better outcome when considered. How we spend our time, what we put in our mouths to feed our bodies, what we fill our spaces with, which pieces of clothing we fill our closets with, who we spend our time with, what we spend our money on … and so the list goes on and on.
With all the advertising and messages bombarding us daily, it makes sense that if we don’t carefully consider the choices we make in our own lives, some advertiser with a different agenda will determine the answer to all the questions above in order for us to conform to society.
And quite honestly, I’d rather be in control of my own destiny, making my own considered choices than be a slave to more stuff than I can ever need.