Society is advancing more and more, but as mass production and mass consumption have become commonplace, we came to wonder, “Isn’t this really the affluence?” Then the number of people, who are aiming for minimalism at the other end of the spectrum, is increasing.
It’s said that minimalists are those who clean up their rooms without having too many things around. However, I think it’s only a small part of the content that expresses minimalists.
People often say the word “minimalist,” but it doesn’t seem like they really understand what it is. Further, the documents on minimalism available in the world are not very substantial.
So I started wanting to go on adventures for knowledge with you to explore minimalism in depth. After a long period of nursing the ideas and taking the time to ponder it, I got convinced that this is the mission I have to do (during my life). Therefore, I have decided to establish the knowledge hub “The Minimalist.”
It was in the UK that I came across the concept of minimalism. It was when I went to England on knight-errantry from Japan where I was born and raised, and studied art at a UK’s national university. There are various types of art, but minimalism seemed to naturally resonate with my heart for some reason . Perhaps my heart wanted the opposite because I was spending very busy days. However, I felt I could not say that was just all. After a lot of research, I found that Japan is a major centre of minimalism.
“Darkest under the lamp post” would exactly mean this. I didn’t notice it at all when I was in Japan. Perhaps it was so pervasive in Japan that I didn’t think deeply about it. Japan, the homeland rediscovered in a foreign country. I also discussed the theme of Japanese minimalism in my graduation thesis.
Since I graduated, I haven’t submitted assignments, and I’ve been so busy with my daily life that I no longer had occasions to study minimalism in depth. However, there must be some knowledge about minimalism that has yet to be organised.
Modern-day people carry too many things. The reasons are materialism, mass production and mass consumption. People want things and have rushed to satisfy those desires. Advances in science and technology have made it possible to mass-produce things. People got manipulated by commercialism, and began to buy things one after another. Then, they work desperately to get cash to buy things. Of course, things are necessary for life. But many people have been stretching hands to things more than they need.
If we have too many things in front of us, we may lose our focus on what we were trying to do. We might lose sight of ourselves although it may sound extreme wording.
The human culture of mass consumption and mass disposal has seriously harmed the environment of the earth, and it has been striking human beings in retort.
Physical things are not the only things that modern-day people carry. Also mentally, there are so many things in mind. They have plenty of concerns and worries indeed about their job targets, exams, human relations, health and etc.
These are what happened because humans have a high degree of intelligence. Humans have invented a wide variety of things over the long history. Further, science and technology are constantly advancing and making people’s lives more convenient and accelerating. Humans also think very deeply and sometimes despair because of their well-developed intelligence. Humans are said to be the only animals that can be conscious of death. It’s said that even animals with extremely high intelligence like monkeys of primate for example do not worry about the future, do not despair or do not commit suicide. In other words, they are living for now.
Because we are human beings, we need to clear our minds and bodies in order to be freed from all the shackles and fetters.
It would be a great pleasure to be able to pursue our own minimalism and share it and empathise with everyone.
The Minimalist Founder: Takuya Nagata Amazon ProfileFollow @nagatackle
Novel writer, Creator. Graduated from UCA, the UK’s university. Discussed Japanese minimalism in the senior thesis. Founder of “MINIЯISM” (minirism), the art movement that contributes to the development of societies, such as ecology and lifestyle. Covered various fields as a writer in different parts of Europe, and later launched the knowledge hub “The Minimalist.”
Once traveled to Brazil and trained football at CFZ do Rio (Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva) in Rio de Janeiro. Played soccer for the Urawa Reds (Urawa Red Diamonds), one of the biggest football clubs in Japan, and toured to Europe. Retired at young and voyaged alone to England. Established careers as journalist, football coach, consultant, etc. across Europe such as Spain. Knowledgeable in creative and technology fields as well. The founder of “Propulsive Football” (PROBALL), the world’s first ever competitive mixed football facilitating diversity and spirits for equal participation of the society.