“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” This wonderful quote by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is a powerful inoculation countering the corporate sponsored narrative extant here in the U.S. that more is always better. The dissociation between modern advertising and any resemblance to real life experience clearly illustrates the necessity for a dissenting viewpoint.
The fact that the things you own have very little correspondence to your happiness is just the sort of bare knuckle truth that gives corporate executives, whose only goal is the maximization of profit, night terrors. The only thing that might seem worse to them would be the average consumer awakening to the reality that “newer-is better” has, in regard to many products, become patently false. Instances abound of newer being more complex and difficult to work with, more expensive to purchase, more maintenance intensive, and less efficient. Examples of this are sitting on every store shelf as I type.
Armed with the understanding that more and newer is not always better we’re prepared to circle back to minimalism and apply it correctly, resulting in less work and more unallocated time and resources, which can then be directed in ways that better benefit our lives. We’ve begun removing the obstacles to a more contented life.