live responsibly : A minimalist approach to life

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Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash
Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash

This is about living a minimalist life. How do you live a minimalist life? Before that, how does one even define a minimalist life? I have some points to consider this. Is minimalist life even sustainable, and how does it help human progress over time? You might have many questions around this. I am going to write some of my thoughts on this matter. Living a minimalist life is not something you need to work hard to choose, it comes naturally to human beings. I’ll shortly explain how. If you are just looking to earn, consider this.

In my country, Nepal, it is easy to live simple.

People often eat simple and make use of their last resources here. My aunt lives in the old remains of a house I used to live for many years. The house was brought down by an earthquake in 2015. I lost my grandma, then after some years, in 2017, I lost my grandpa. We all lived together for many years in the past. The house is full of stuff that is super old, from the old deformed metallic pot to old bags, to old cupboards and super-old utensils and even a Television that still works which was bought in 1988. I wasn’t even born then. The house is full of old stuff.


When I visit the house, it brings me a good flashback of my memories, of my mom’s memories to her, and my uncle’s. She cooks on Liquid Petroleum Gas and warms cow’s milk on firewood. If you never experienced food cooked out of firewood, I’m best positioned to tell you the experience of it. I’ve lived on food cooked on firewood for decades.

What is a minimalist life?

I buy the stuff that I really need to survive or do my work. One might think he is buying responsibly? are you?

Here are some points on how you can live with minimum resources.

1. Decrease your electronics consumption.

One thing I stumbled upon is how people throw away their well-functioning smartphones to buy that new version of the new IphoneX or other models although their current phones work perfectly fine. Where do those old phones end up? How do the new phones add value to your life? How much do you perform better with new smartphones? I have seen people buy new laptops, smartphones either because they love the fashion of keeping themselves updated on buying every new model of technology, or because someone tells them their current devices are not worthy anymore. My uncle still uses that old Nokia phone!

 2. Consider your transportation

Why buy a new car when your old one is working fine, as in safety and environmental considerations too? Why use your car when you can afford to spend 10 more minutes to walk down to the metro and take the ride? Why buy a Ferrari when you can enjoy a safe ride on a cheaper BMW or Mercedes? It seems it all comes to people’s choices that are associated with their emotional needs. Choosing public transportation wherever safe and punctual is a good way to save your money and support the environment.

In Germany, for example, I have seen too many cars. I have also seen many people commute on trains and buses. The trains are world-class out there and they are no less comfortable than riding your own Audi on the road, with a bonus that you get to choose a lot of space on trains and they are super timely. It also depends on where you live. In my country, one would prefer a motorbike to save time but would prefer a car or a bus for safety. People do ride motorbike carelessly here.

3.Observe your food consumption

Food waste is not a new thing. Have you seen your favorite supermarket throw tons of food that are about to expire? How did we end up in this situation?
Too many choices for food. Never had I seen so many options for food in the Supermarket in Germany than anywhere I visited so far. I’ve visited the Netherlands and India, two distinct countries from Germany. The Netherlands is quite less populated than Germany, and India is a giant country! They all have one thing in common in terms of food, and that is <i> massive demand </i>.

Your consumption habits on a day or a week will determine the prediction model of your consumption that will be used by Supermarkets to procure food items to meet the ‘estimated’ demands. Your likes, your shares, your comments, your “add-to-cart” history, etc are all tracked and fed into big Machine Learning economic models to predict your behavior. It is natural to observe how your one spendthrift habit shapes the economic predictions. Eat responsibly, only order that you can consume and do not waste the food you buy. Once you know your necessary consumption, you will be able to buy more responsibly. If you waste a plate of rice, you’re doing a lot of damage to the economy because you are creating an inflated demand that does not exist, and this hurts a lot of people.

4. Go Local first

Addicted to ordering things from the Amazon store? even for food? Do you know how much logistics it is involved to do that? You might be able to find similar goods in nearby stores. Have you ever tried finding one nearby? Does an e-commerce platform exist that searches your needs to what’s available in your nearby places? does it make the e-commerce business less profitable?

I might have missed a lot of points, but these are just some food for thoughts, and a guide to research more on how we can find out things that are not necessary for us, but we still own. What does really keeps us away from being more generous and responsible in life? Does it even cost a lot to be one?

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