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Everything you think you know about minimalism is wrong

Minimalism is not just a trendy style

Minimalism is about experiencing the world directly and engaging with your surroundings.

The style now seems more like numbing yourself and creating a protective environment from the overwhelming visual experiences on the internet.

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Everything you think you know about minimalism is wrong

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Minimalism: The deeper roots

Minimalism is a quiet celebration of space, but bold in the way its simplicity overwhelms.

Just after World War II, minimalism became popular because of its perfect utopian style. After the1970s, the idea of "simple living" began to take hold. Today, the internet and the financial crisis are what really caused the popularity of minimalism.

Minimalism and its moral superiority aura

Minimalism these days has an aura of moral superiority.

The problem with minimalism today is that the style is associated with moral purity and outsiderness but it's being adopted by wealthy women and tech billionaires. The style of minimalism we see today is a reality that's not very minimal at all.

Minimalism is a trend that comes and goes

It is not a realistic lifestyle because our capitalist society relies on constant consumption.

It's more exciting and sustainable to create something that is always changing and moving with time.

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Minimalism can help you save money

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Minimalists find that after going through simplifying their lives and their interiors, they feel more at peace and in charge of their surroundings.

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Minimalism of ideas

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