Stoicism is often taken up alongside minimalism as if they are two columns holding up the same minimalist Scandinavian-design portico. My best guess for why they come together is that both were rising in media coverage at about the same time, and at the most material level, each is a decent coping mechanism for dealing … Continue reading Beyond the Stoa: Minimalism and Platonism
I read "What Polytheists Can Learn from Fandom" today. First off, the piece had some good takeaways: An emphasis on building coalitions through a lattice of local, semi-local, national, and international events and loose affiliations of people is important for the future of polytheism. We can do things that respect the diversity of religions and … Continue reading On Fandom and Gods
It is a general rule that a blog with "minimalism" in its tagline will spend some of Thanksgiving Week talking about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the horrors of consumerism, and the acquisitive awfulness that is dragging us all down. Some of these bloggers will go on to discuss what we have done to the planet … Continue reading Black Friday Sales
When I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up several years ago, I embarked on a decluttering project over the winter recess holiday at the place where I work. While I've done a good job of culling books in my collection for years, I found a lot of things to give up that I no longer needed. … Continue reading It Begins with B and Ends in “ooks”
Reflections on materialism, spirituality, religion, and consumerism. TL;DR — I am not a fan of out-of-control consumption.
At the end of 2018, I decided that 2019 would be the year I tried to find (and use) natural-fiber clothing for environmental, ethical, and religious reasons, and I announced this on Twitter during one of those goal posts that basically everyone writes. It is August, I am still sticking to my goal, and I have some takeaways.
This is way too long to put in a Twitter thread, so in the interest of readability, I am blogging it. On or around August 10th, I will be taking a semi-hiatus from Twitter until 2020 for six reasons. This will have minimal impact on blogging — let's face it, I've been on the blogosphere … Continue reading A Twitter Recalibration is Imminent
Tell Yasmah-Addu: thus (speaks) Samsî-Addu, your father. The works concerning the gods that you have undertaken […]. You have had six gods made. The six gods you have had made, goodness, that amounts to ten! Your servants out of fear don't talk to you, in heaven's name, about your works. I want you to … Continue reading The value of a minimalist approach to shrines
I've been looking through some old poetry in my files in preparation for consolidating things that are publishable, and I found this. It's from September 8, 2013, when I was going through a rough period in my life as far as motivation and religious activity were concerned. Context What I wrote deals with human willpower … Continue reading Some Verses from 2013 on Motivation