Originally Posted by pickpackpockpuck
I would also like to add that most of us on this site aren't millionaires, but we're not exactly broke either. We do spend a lot of money on accumulating stuff. There's a lot of lusting after things on here. The point is that getting that thing isn't going to make you happy for any extended period, and that point is relevant to the SF audience, whether it comes from a millionaire or not. I actually think that's something most of us realize, but it's good to be reminded every so often.
My problem with the article is that he comes off talking like he's discovered some new true happiness, as if figuring out that you should be spending money on things that actually make you happy
is a new thing, all veiled under the ever so popular word "minimalism." The worst part is that he drops a bunch of popular problems (how shitty our food system is, GLOBAL WARMING) in order to further how shitty "consumerism" is and how he's changed oh so much. Oh, also always drop in a published paper, because that legitimizes everything you say. It's a shitty coming of age story or something that panders to rich folk written by a rich guy on the latest hip movement.
WAY too often people here throw around words like "consumerism" and "minimalism" or whatever for no fuckin reason, or like "I just bought a new pair of pants, I'm such a product of this consumer electronic space age!" It's funny how often even members of SF look down upon buying clothes, as if you should be guilty for buying a lot of clothes, and that's just crazy to me. Why do this? How many of you let clothing control your life? How many people here would actually trade that summer you had with that one pretty girl for a leather jacket, or how many of you would trade some of your most fun nights at bars with your friends for a pair of reversed lion backzips? Why do we need to constantly be reminded that our hobby has its basis in consumerism and done so in such a condescending tone, as if we don't know what we're doing, as if we're perpetually unhappy and devoid of any real life experiences because we happen to spend 4,000 posts on finding the perfect white low top sneakers and $600+ on jackets?
I don't know man, I get where he's coming from and on the broadest term I agree (spend money on things that will actually make you happy), BUT 'minimalism' is overrated, having less stuff = happiness is not necessarily true, and someone PM me a link to some ann d white lows.