Minimalist "evangelists" always rubbed me the wrong way, and I think this sums up why. I never could identify with the minimalist movement. Not because I love having a bunch of stuff, but because I felt like it was more about not attaching your self-worth to the objects you own. I never had this problem. I get things that I like and/or need. I don't feel the need to show it off to others to get their approval. But the minimalist advocators are, in a way, creating an environment where people are approving of their lifestyles and fawning over them, which replaced the approval they were probably seeking from objects in the first place. Great article!

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