Minimalism and capitalism are two philosophies that seem like they should be at odds, while in reality capitalism improves if the tenets of minimalism are applied.
This is because minimalism is not just about owning less, it’s about owning better. It’s about eschewing the superfluous in favor of that which truly brings you value and makes you happy. That means you have more resources left over from the stuff you’re not compulsively buying to invest in higher-quality possessions and experiences. Over time, this leads to a richer economy built atop well-made goods and services.
Once consumptions ceases to be compulsory, each purchase you make, each dollar you spend, becomes a statement.
The statement you make with each purchase is: “This thing or experience I’m consuming is relevant to my priorities and adds real value to my life. I’m spending my money on this bag because a bag of this kind will amplify my happiness; will allow me to have more experiences that bring me joy.”
How many of your possessions can you confidently say do the same for you? And if the answer is ‘very few,’ do you think a reassessment of priorities might be in order?