Hope you all had a great Christmas, or whichever holiday you celebrate. I didn’t really get into the holiday spirit this year, hence the very few holiday related posts! But one thing I have been thinking a lot about was the consumerist values of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love the present giving and receiving and the decorating but it does seem to have gotten out of hand lately! Jamie and I chose to not ‘do’ presents this year. We still gave each other some token gifts that were either edible or practical but we asked everyone to not to get us gifts as we aren’t really in a position to give others good gifts. I know we could have spent a small amount on each person but I really dislike buying people random stuff. If I do presents I want to do them well and buy someone something that they really want or need. I keep a very clutter free home and don’t hold on to things I don’t use, so as much as I appreciate the thought of gifts, I don’t really like receiving items that I didn’t ask for or choose myself. I know how ungrateful that must sound but it means more to me to receive something that I need or that I’ve wanted rather than some knick knack. Working in retail I see a lot of people buy gifts for others and even themselves and I think that people don’t really think about the aftermath of their purchases. The fact that it has to live and stay in their (or your) life for a reasonable amount of time. Anyway, I have gone on a little bit of a tangent here so let’s get back to the topic…
This documentary is something that I wanted to watch as soon as I saw it. If you read this post from last week you would know that I have been listening to The Minimalists podcasts, and this documentary is from the same two guys. I find them really inspirational and have taken a lot from their philosophies. If you haven’t heard much about minimalism, here’s a brief explanation; basically it’s the idea of not being driven by consumerism. The idea that life is better when it isn’t full of stuff and you can focus on the important things in life. If this is a terrible explanation then I suggest watching the documentary.
If you got all the way to this paragraph than you might now have realised that the rant earlier about Christmas was actually on topic! They really go into how as a society we have been conditioned to never be satisfied. We want to own more because we are ‘told’ by advertising that we need it, or that we are better with it. It also goes into the philosophy that the more money we make, the happier we are, which isn’t necessarily the case. I’m not going to give it all away but it does question a lot of societies assumptions.
If you have heard of minimalism you might have thought of it as almost a design movement. As a less is more when it comes to interior decoration. In a way that is a large part of it but it is more a lifestyle and one thing I really love about this documentary is how it seems to realign your priorities. It makes you question what you are working for. This whole notion of working to earn more so that you can have more stuff and a bigger house to fit your extra stuff is just a little bit ridiculous, isn’t it? I really think that it is a documentary that should be watched by most people, even if you are 100% happy with the life that you lead.
As usual I’m not great at the whole in-depth reviews, but this is my way of doing them. I recommend watching this and I give it a 10/10 as it’s inspiring, interesting and easy to watch. If you do watch it, I’d love for you to comment down below what you thought about it!
Thanks for reading!
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