Epictetus and His Very Minimalist Perspective on Conversation

two guysEpictetus (55-135 C.E.) was a quite a notable stoic philosopher. One of his students wrote two works which sum up his perspective on stoic ethics: the Discourses and the Manual.  

In a passage from chapter 33 of the Manual we definitely see that the Stoics embrace the concept of “less is more”:

And let silence be the general rule, or let only what is necessary be said, and in few words. And rarely and when the occasion calls we shall say something; but about none of the common subjects,

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Society Could Intergrate Minimalist Principles as Oil Production Declines

Pontiac firebirdLast semester, one of my sociology professors showed us a documentary called The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream. It’s a Canadian documentary that was released in 2004 and it even won a few awards.

One of the main topics this documentary addresses is the “peak oil” phenomenon. According to many geoscientists, geologists and other members of the scientific community, oil production has a peak. After this peak, production should drop as the oil becomes harder to extract and refine. Some think that we … [Read More]

2015 at Toward Minimalism

New Years fireworksFor me, New Year’s is that time of year when I take a break and look back on the last 365 days. I wasn’t planning on writing a “year in review” type post. After some thought, I figured that it would be nice to wrap up the year and look back on some highlights of 2015.

I’m not sure if I’ll write these sorts of posts every year. However, I feel like there were enough interesting things that happened to make 2015 deserve a “wrap up post”. So, without further … [Read More]

Keeping a Clear Study Space

pile of booksThis past Sunday, I was studying for my last final exam of the semester. Exam period always gets a little hectic and my study area can sometimes get a little messy during those two weeks. I try not to let it get too bad, but you still might find a few papers lying around.

Just like the time I discovered minimalism while getting distracted from my studies a couple of years ago, I was also having a hard time focusing on my notes that particular morning.

At one point, I … [Read More]

Getting Rid of My Useless, yet Useful Collection of The Chronicles of Narnia

piles of booksI don’t own many things, but I do have a few books on my bookshelf. The books I own serve a purpose; by that I mean that I have either already read them and intend to read them again or have never read the books and intend to read them soon. I know that there are some people who don’t own any physical books and just read off e-readers or tablets, but I prefer books. Call me old-fashioned, but I just enjoy having a real book in my hand and … [Read More]