At the beginning of September, I was very restless, which for me can only be settled by organizing things in the world around me. There's a correlation between my spatial environment and my mental environment, and my physical environment had reached a tipping point of dissatisfaction in the 826 square foot apartment that I have … Continue reading Shifts and Changes
This week, I reread Plato's Phaedo for the first time since embarking on reading the Late Platonists. It was an entirely different reading experience from before to the point that I may have excitedly messaged my partner in an enormous paragraph or several about how delightful it was, and at one point, I got up … Continue reading Minimalism in Plato’s Phaedo
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