Strive to do and to be, not to own

Few would consider freedom unimportant. We value liberty and the right to live with minimal restrictions, yet we typically dedicate our lives to acquiring permanent residence and a cache of possessions. Instead of dedicating our efforts to travel, we tend to focus upon mortgage. By shedding some material worth and tempering our desire for goods we can use our financial and intellectual resources more wisely and follow the mobile ideal.

I’d almost forgotten to report that we published a capsule guide to the minimalist mindset over at Alain de Botton’s School of Life blog.

The first half is new material written by myself and the second half is an abridged version of Timothy Eyre’s “How to Live Minimally” in Issue Three. I think it’s pretty (and appropriately) concise. Enjoy!


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