Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese MinimalismGoodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I listened to the audiobook, so I didn’t get to see the pictures the book used to underline Mr. Sasaki’s point, it was still great.

Mr. Sasaki’s personal journey through the idea of minimalism gives a lot of rebuttals to our capitalist outlook. How living simpler makes us happier, how reducing our expectations for what we should have and we will find happiness in what we do have. A lot like my early years.

What I really liked is that while there is a lot of similarities to what he says and Buddhism, it never becomes about religion, or any sort of personal pride in being a minimalist. He points out that even that kind of pride is once again feeding into the illusion of self. He even indicates there is nothing wrong with others owning stuff and being materialistic and it isn’t his place to judge. If only the rest of the world was like that.

The book is a short read (or short listen in my case) and definitely worth checking out. Even if you don’t become a minimalist, it might let you look at things differently.

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