Outside, I’m an admitted pack rat. But, deep inside, this is so me – the “minimalist.” I always have that longing to just chuck everything I’ve ever bought and start over. Then, part of me says “but, this and this,” these few things that give me such value, they I must keep. I am one of those who rarely ever buys anything brand new. I am not sold by any of the constant onslaught of advertisements. In fact, if I see it in an advertisement first, chances are is that I won’t buy it now. Just because the ad that is trying to get my attention has annoyed me. I have a lot of stuff, though. Too much for my minimalist tastes.
I only have five sets of clothes and three pairs of shoes that I actually wear, and I’ll wear them until they are literally falling apart at the seams before replacing them. All the rest of the clothes and shoes I never or almost never wear. I have a car that is over ten years old. It is the first car that I actually bought at a dealership. It doesn’t even have powered windows. I have no interest in ever buying another vehicle, unless it is absolutely necessary, and especially not new from a dealership, if I can avoid it. I have an actual mobile phone, that I use primarily for two purposes – making a phone call and reading/writing a text. It can do a lot more, in fact, more than most six hundred dollar phones, but it only cost me fifty dollars. I’m not sold on name brands, but rather on functions.
Despite the efforts of commercial media to sell me and everyone else in on this, I am not by nature drawn to holidays and these rituals of gift giving. When I participate in a gift-giving, it is because I know it will mean something to those I do this for – that it will add to their special day. But, I have to remember to do this first, before the day arrives. I am getting better at this, thanks to whoever it was that developed mobile calendars! As I noted recently to someone, when I receive a gift, I’m often times more fascinated by what the gift’s been wrapped in, than the gift itself. It was such a joy to find that one interesting article recently in all that paper stuffing that box, written on the newspaper printing press of a totally different state. I’m an avid reader.
What I’m suggesting in sharing all this is that you consider watching this movie linked to this post. It might just open your eyes, and/or give insight into your own view of this world. Are you caught up and stressed out? Lessen up and lighten up, then. This just might be your answer to being more relaxed and happy with life. We have way too much stuff, and devote way too much attention to it and to acquiring it. This I am quite convinced about. #MinimalismFilm
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is now on Netflix, which means you can stream it with your friends and family during the holidays.
“One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people get used to a certain luxury, they take it for granted. Then they begin to count on it. Finally they reach a point where they can’t live without it.” – Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
This is how people either become pack rats in our lifestyles or become obsessed workers all to acquire that next new and better thing that has caught our fancy – that we think is going to make our life just a bit happier. As we humans acquire more, we soon forget what it was like to live with less. We grow accustomed to our more cluttered, more complicated, and more expecting lifestyle, and will slave ourselves to maintain it. We’ll do this even if it is not making us happy anymore to do this, even if it is stressing us into a life of unhealthiness to continue pursuing what we have learned to accept. It is a brave thing to embrace the act of learning to live with less, to rediscovering the benefits of living a minimalist way of life.
“I just want to be free. Free to be naturally me! At all times and in all places. Just as I was naturally born to be. I just want to be free.” – Joseph Tsefanyahu Farkasdi
Since we are on the subject of minimalism, which has a relationship with asceticism, I have one more expression I need share here on this page. For, I am a human Sapiens, a human primate, and I am not ashamed! It’s been awhile since I’ve indulged in a little statement making self-photography, or since I’ve shared a ‘simply being honestly me’ nudie photo with others. But, every now and then, I feel the need to drop the facade, the image I present to world on behalf of the needs of the world, and just be truly and honestly me, for a moment. I am not a fan of living a life clothed in the social illusions of human-imagined costumes, regardless how much most of my life might represent this.
“I truly believe that if the entire world of humans upon this planet just got naked together for one entire day and paid attention to what we all actually are as a species, stepping out of our human imagined fictions for just a day, the revelation that this would produce around the world in this enlightened age would be so pronounced … all wars would stop, all ideological hate and bigotry and discrimination would stop, it would be the most socially transformative experience for humankind. All we need is just one day of stepping out of our human invented fictions about “who” we are and seeing each other as “what” we are, and this world of humans would finally know peace! Maybe I hope too much for the human Sapiens race, in all our varieties, colors, and creative social beliefs and arrangements. But, we won’t ever know until we take this monumental and fundamental step to discovering our whole selves, and living in awareness and balance with our nature. Peace comes through awareness and compassionate understanding.” – Joseph Tsefanyahu Farkasdi
Being me requires balance, resilience, and good ethical/moral character. For, I was born different. I am not a carbon copy of the social mold, that is most of human society. I just want to be free, free to just naturally be. In our naturally nude state – our most *minimalist* state – is when we are healthiest, physically and mentally. As someone who suffers daily from the constant itch of hives due to the wearing of clothes, these man-made garments of superficial status and bodily shame, I long deep from within to be free. To be undressed and physically naked, and never have to face a body-shaming culture that calls you perverse for not covering up. For simply living comfortably as we are naturally born to be.
I just want to be free, free to just naturally be. I just want to be free, even if some may be jeering or laughing at me. There is more decency in my simple and open nakedness before the world around me, than there is in most of the sensually stirring clothing worn in society today. There is more modesty in my open display of shameless physical nudity, than there is in the minds and hearts of most religiously-influenced Americans that surround you and me. It’s okay to be me, to be the natural human primate we evolved to be. It is both glorious and humbling to be nakedly so, both in private and when in public.
“The man and his woman were both naked, and they were not ashamed.” – Breisheet/Genesis 2:25.
“Regarding the issue of tzniyut, that people go around entirely dressed, it is not a result of any of the prohibitions in the Torah. Rather, it is a careful and exalted practice to be attired even in private… However, if it is uncomfortable because of
the heat or for some other reason, then one may go about (unclothed) and there is not even a question of pious conduct in such an instance… and God Knows of your discomfort… And the standard (of tzniyut) is dependent upon what it is that makes one ashamed when standing before people, each place according to its custom… And in pressing situations, it is even permitted to pray (unclothed), for (nudity) does not interfere.” – Ig’ro’t Moshe, Yorah Dey’ah, Vol. 3, No. 68:4.
So, what’s a little nudity among friends … I just want to be free, free to be naturally me! Underneath each of these clothed photos of me on this page, above, I am humbly and fully naked here before you, my online visitors. Click on these photos only if you wish to see this! And, if you’d rather not, I do fully understand. I am not trying to force my nudity upon anybody these days, but I am definitely not hiding it at all, either! You’re free to share in this ascetically minimalist expression of “freedom” with me, and let me know what you think.
Some may have the attitude of: “Wait a sec, you are how old now? At your age, why are you still showing your naked body to the world online?” (And, in person in clothes-optional places.) My answer is bluntly honest and simple: “Because, my friends, I can. Because, I am comfortable with this, with being physically and shamelessly naked. Because, there is nothing wrong with doing this, with sharing this, with being this way. It is healthy and heals us to be socially this way, and edifies our sense of self-worth and appreciation – for both ourselves and for others. This is why I’m still getting naked in the appropriate times and places for this, beyond the simple fact that clothes are damnably itchy and constantly irritating! This is the natural way to be.”
“Authenticity requires vulnerability, transparency, and integrity. To be seen completely, you must show up completely.” – Janet Louise Stephenson. Amein, amein! #socialnudism