Much is said about how much we need to reduce consumption, look for alternatives that reduce the need for a large accumulation of things, objects, functions and information. All the choices are extremely related to the minimalism and essentialism. Both, however close they may be, start from different places and have different proposals. However, it is interesting to think that the two deal with something in common: Or does it really matter for us and for the planet.
So, let’s understand the two movements and the differences between the minimalism and essentialism?
What is the first image that comes to your head when we talk about minimalism? If it happens to be a white room with only one chair, you are on the right path, but not only that. Yes, the movement proposes to go against consumerist logic and a more conscious analysis of the verb “to have”. The big question is how can we actually decrease the amount of material goods?
However, this is the beginning of the idea, but it does not end there. This is also true for amount commitments, ideas, responsibilities and everything that can overload and make the routine too heavy. Even so, the reference is very visual, after all, it is a chain that starts from art, with paintings with few elements, colors and defined, generally, by geometric shapes.
A great – and the best – way to start practicing minimalism is highlighting! We made a super complete post to inspire you to let go of clothes and things that may be in your closet (click here). Ah, it is important to remember that there is no rule as to exactly how many things to have. This is defined by each one.
WHAT’S A DOC?
A great way to understand minimalism is for a movie that has in Netflix, which calls: Minimalism: a documentary about the important things. He tells the story of two friends who decided to adopt the movement and show how much it changed their lives and the relationship with consumption.
THE essentialism it is a part of the movement that is not part of a visual discussion about what really matters. However, the idea is to understand what each person needs in relation to life’s choices and goals, so as to occupy the head in a more focused way on activities.
It is worth saying that the concept has been discussed now in this century in a way related to minimalism. But before, it had already been discussed in other ways by philosophers with a focus more on ethics and individuality. In a very brief way, each one would have its essence and raise discussion for many aspects of human existence.
LET’S SAY NO?
Returning to the essentialism that has been discussed a lot today, one of the teachings is about the amount of things that we accept to do and about encouraging to say “no”. In other words, there are so many commitments, possibilities, objects …
So, the ideal would be to look at what is essential and what makes sense to achieve our objective. So, practicing yes only for what is essential for us. Anyway, this also concerns minimalism, just as the opposite is also true, right? Both correlate all the time 😉
A GOOD BOOK CAN HELP
To better understand the concept of essentialism, there is a book called Essentialism: Disciplined search for less, which gives several other paths in addition to “no”, in an attempt to become more essential people and who accept to travel less paths, as long as they are longer.
Which one did you identify the most with? Leave your opinion here in the comments!