The common critique is, “What if…Minimalism was structural privilege?”
The second millennia launched micro-labels served as platforms for micro-celeb status. How far does micro-segregation of subculture run? Are we slowly being wired to be individualistic just to gain some kind of recognition?
From our recent news feature, it sparked a discussion point in the cyberworld – Minimalism is a perceived elitist hobby.
“Rich Person: So this is what it feels like to be poor!” (42 upvotes) – mocks a user.
“Actually, minimalism is pretty much (a) “I have money” hobby. Poor people hoard because they might actually need that shit one day (at least, in their mind)” (58 Upvotes) – quips another.
Do we not see the logic behind not having Just In Case items? The hypothetical “Just In Case” items (not to be confused with “Just For When” items) are robbing us of our money.
How do I know this?
The sudden outburst of online micro market apps and the new Facebook Marketplace shows how much shit people buy without actually using them for ages. Most are Just In Case items that were never used, and no refunds can be claimed.
Scrolling through numerous “$5 or less” offers after you make a quick search instantly triggers a question, “Do I really want those items? Or are they sitting in someone’s home, waiting to be purchased at a fraction of a price?”
The perceived value of a purchased item instantly depreciate once it has been bought. I’d rather have my liquid cash as my “just in case”. Another reason would be…
I’d rather avoid the tiresome toll of selling things online.
Many of the community members, myself included, found it tiresome to sell items off to hagglers and extremely flaky personalities. Micro-markets are not easy to be in, just as with the micro-economy/ gig-economy. What are the chances that the items that you finally cave in to admitting they did not add value to your life, would bring back the same value you purchased them for?
“He who buys what he does not need steals from himself” – random Swedish quote on the internet.
To the nay-sayers – Yes, Minimalism is indeed the slut shaming of mindless consumerism, but the only divide it concretely serves is between emotional purchases and logical ones. At least, that is the main essence of the discussion in our community.
Use, or be used. The choice is yours.