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01.11.2013

Blick über den Tellerrand #23

Von , Nürnberg
 

The path I’m walking down is not the minimalist path. No, I’m not headed toward some abstract thing called minimalism—never was, in fact. Rather, the path I’m traversing is one that leads to happiness, growth, actual freedom.

(Joshua Fields Millburn: Minimalism Is Not the Path)

The upshot of this study is that you can learn to be more of accepting your own body for what it is, regardless of its shape, size, or strength, once you start to question society’s expectations for males and females. The next time you find yourself looking critically at yourself in the mirror, it’s worth asking yourself whether your dissatisfaction comes from the way your definition of the perfect body type comes from the social roles into which we feel we should fit. As long as you’re eating and exercising in ways that maximize your health, all that should matter is how your body feels, not how it looks either to others or—more importantly—yourself.

(Susan Krauss Whitbourne: A Man’s Drive for Muscularity and His Views about Women)

Wir leben in einer Luxuswelt. Unsere Autos haben zu viele PS, unser Essen ist zu üppig, die Leute haben Übergewicht, in einem modernen Haushalt wird zu viel Energie verbraucht. In Japan zeigt sich, wie hochriskant unser System ist. Es wäre besser, weniger zu verbrauchen. Ein Mitteleuropäer mit 10.000 Dingen ist im Schnitt unglücklicher als ein Brasilianer, der nur 200 Sachen besitzt. Je mehr einer hat, desto mehr kann er verlieren, desto mehr Ängste plagen ihn. Aber es ist unglaublich schwer, die Wachstumsideologie zurückzudrängen.

(Wolfgang Schmidbauer: Der Mensch ist zu schwach für den Kapitalismus)

Over time, though, situations’ll change. They always do. And so I’m forced to ask the same important question over and over and over again: Does this thing add value to my life? (…) Just because something adds value to my life today, that doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily add value to my life tomorrow. So I keep asking, and I adjust accordingly.

(Joshua Fields Millburn: Does This Thingy Add Value to My Life?)

People are frequently unaware that they’re introverts — especially if they’re not shy — because they may not realize that being an introvert is about more than just cultivating time alone. Instead, it can be more instructive to pay attention to whether they’re losing or gaining energy from being around others, even if the company of friends gives them pleasure.

(Carolyn Gregoire: 23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert)

This is the bedroom of Pope Francis before he was pope. There is no minimalist perfection here. It is just the humble sleeping place of a simple man. It will not make the pages of some home decor mag. The man had what he needed, and that was it. This is not the bedroom of a man with OCD. If there is a thesis to all of this, it would be that minimalism and simplicity are not the same. As such, I can’t consider myself a minimalist, and I won’t use the term anymore to describe myself. It never really fit me. I am more about living a simple life instead of living a life trying to pick the perfect end table from IKEA.

True ideas inside, as the one quoted above, but he misses the point with its “anger” towards Zen. A real Buddhist monk would not confuse simplicity with an expensive but clean table. He simply would not have or even buy an expensive table. He would also “have what he needs, and that’s it”. Interesting read, though. Especially regarding the OCD-like need for perfection some minimalists seem to have.

(Charles Broadway: Minimalism, Modesty, and the Simple Life)

Weil hochsensible Menschen aufgrund ihrer intensiveren Wahrnehmung leichter erschöpfen, empfinden sie sich häufig als weniger belastbar. Ganz oft wird ihnen das von Freunden, Eltern und anderen Menschen im Umfeld auch schon in frühester Kindheit vermittelt. Hochsensible hören häufig schon als Kinder: „Sei doch nicht so empfindlich.“ Oder: „Du bist immer so kompliziert.“

(Nicole Alps: Mit Hochsensibilität leben)

 

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