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Pretentious well-to-do people downsizing a difficult thing to empathize with...
Having spent the last two-and-a-half years living on a 25 foot long sailboat, I am in a position to say a word or two about minimalism. And it could be said that in the realm of living a minimalistic life people who live on boats have been doing it for a long long time, much longer than what these filmmakers propose.
What I appreciate about the film is that it does propose a great many good thoughts for conversation on how life can be more full with less stuff.
Unfortunately where this film fell quite flat for me was in that most of the interviews are with people who are well- to-do making six-digit incomes and deciding that they don't want a big house instead choosing to live a minimalistic life which is fine. But a great many people choose to live minimalistic lives that are not as wealthy, and are simply working-class folks.
And as some of the reviewers here have pointed out a film about minimalism should be perhaps much shorter and to the point, so here is mine on the advantages of a minimalistic lifestyle.
I am asked often what it is like for my life on my small sailboat and the answer is that I have found stuff creates anchors. Like the death with ten thousand small cuts these anchors are each and of themselves so tiny, so small, so insignificant, that one does not notice them but in totality they wind up creating a sort of quicksand trapping you in place, doing a thing so that you may hold on to these things.
And that a life where your identity is deeply embedded in the things around you that are yours is in fact an extremely hollow form of existence.
As it stands for the warmer half of the year when I arrive home from work if there is wind, 15 minutes later I'm out sailing with very few anchors trailing behind.
I'm glad someone is saying these things about minimalism, I'm just not so sure these guys did the best job of it.
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