I don’t hate capitalism, but I wouldn’t say I like being bombarded by constant ads that make me feel like I need to buy more to be happy. We are living in a world where capitalism feeds on growth, and growth feeds on us to spend more. We are told we are not good enough. The constant noise of advertisements inside my head is overwhelming.
There are differing opinions on the impact of capitalism and growth. Some believe capitalism encourages innovation and investment, which is necessary for economic growth. However, others, including myself, believe capitalism can lead to inequality and environmental degradation, hindering long-term growth.
The relationship between capitalism and growth is complex, with various factors influencing it, such as government policies, market regulation, and social values. Nonetheless, we can learn from nature that growth is not always constant, and adaptation is essential for survival. Trees lose their leaves in the winter, animals hibernate, and some creatures shed their fur and feathers. We can draw inspiration from nature to balance growth and sustainability.
How did minimalism Start?
It all started from a design and lifestyle movement focusing on simplicity, functionality, and reducing clutter. The term minimalism was first coined in the 1960s by the art critic Richard Wollheim, who used it to describe a style of art characterised by simple geometric forms and a lack of decoration.
However, the concept of minimalism can be traced back much further, to the early 20th century and the work of artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, who sought to strip art down to its most basic elements.
Today, minimalism has become a popular trend in interior design, fashion, and even personal finance, with many people embracing the idea of living with less to focus on what truly matters.
By reducing clutter and simplifying one’s surroundings, individuals can focus on what truly matters and experience greater contentment.
In 2011, researchers used fMRI and other measures to show that decluttering improves focus, processing, and productivity.