- Do you like collecting things? Please tell me more about it.
- Is it easy for you to get rid of material things? Why or why not?
- concept /KON-sept/
- philosophy /fi-LOS-uh-fee/
- complain /KUHM-pleyn/
- satisfaction /sat-is-FAK-shuhn/
- entail /en-TEYL/
[noun] – a principle or idea
They’re discussing the concept of free speech.
[noun] – a particular system of beliefs, values, and principles
My older brother studies philosophy at university.
[verb] – to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory
She’s the type of employee who accepts tasks without complaining.
[noun] – a pleasant feeling that you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done something you wanted to do
Winning the marathon gave him satisfaction.
[verb] – to involve or make something necessary
The email doesn’t entail the necessary details.
Modern minimalism began in the 20th century, but the philosophy’s roots can be traced back to 2,500 years ago. Diogenes of Sinope is known as the first person to not lead a “normal” life. He has nothing in his possession except a cloak, a walking stick, and a leather pouch (what was inside was unknown, given he has no money) after traveling from Turkey to Athens, Greece. Diogenes chose to live in a rain barrel rather than a traditional shelter with walls and roofs. The Hellenistic philosophy of Stoicism became well-known in the 3rd century BC. This philosophy describes how to endure “pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complain.” Simply put, minimalism means having satisfaction living a simple life. This philosophy is reflected in the book “Outer Order, Inner Calm” by Gretchin Rubin. According to Rubin, a simple act will help someone’s day get off to a good start. “I finally cleaned out my fridge – now I know I can change my career too,” one of the people she talked with said.
So, what is minimalism, exactly? Is it a philosophical concept? Michael Landy, a British artist, claims that destroying material objects will save the world. Or is it Marie Kondo’s organizing art that decides whether a process “sparks joy” or not? Despite their differences, they all have one thing in common: contentment. To you, what does minimalism entail?
- According to the article, when did modern minimalism begin?
- Who is Diogenes of Sinope?
- What three things did Diogenes have when he traveled to Greece?
- How is the Hellenistic philosophy of Stoicism described as?
- Who is the author of the book “Outer Order, Inner Calm”?
- Do you agree that minimalism means “living less”? Please explain your answer.
- What can you say about the Hellenistic philosophy of Stoicism?
- To you, what is contentment?
- Do you consider yourself a minimalist? Why or why not?
- What do you think living a minimalistic lifestyle will teach you?