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What is minimalism?

Nowadays when people refer to themselves as "minimalists" they are thinking in a very personal sense. They want to simplify their life, to clean up clutter. Some are concerned with the clutter in their house. Others with the clutter in their mind.

To me minimalism is something much broader.

When we look around our planet we see extremes of consumption that deplete resources and kill of life.

Let me just give one example:

Everything is wrapped in plastic and made of plastic.

Where our waste used to go back into the soil,

plastic not floats down our rivers and along the beach

to choke the oceans that we used to think were enormous,

but now insufficient, by far, to absorb the burgeoning load.

I became a minimalist without schooling or graduation.

My father was my living example of the perfect minimalist.

He studied the physical characteristics of what are know known as semi-conductors.

The Chemistry of Imperfect Crystals. F. A. Kroger. North-Holland, Amsterdam; Interscience (Wiley), New York, 1964. xvi + 1039 pp. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/145/3627/40 (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/145/3627/40)

When these semi-conductors were used to create calculators he was not interested.

He said: "I can do an estimation on a scrap of paper," For his purposes he did not need a calculator.

He did not want to burden the earth with their manufacture.

As minimalists we have a frame of reference by which we determine what we need and do not need.

In this Master Minimalism Meetup we will explore minimalism.

Compare notes with our fellow minimalistsL How are we alike, how different?

Learn about those whose life embodies minimalism. for example:

Paolo Soleri, architect, who proposed miniaturizing our flat, spread out, cities into mega-structures, which he called Arcologies, which he posited would transform human consciousness.

Buck Minster Fuller, inventor of the Geodesic Dome, who organized the World Game to help create solutions to overpopulation and the uneven distribution of global resources.

Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti, Olympia, WA, who has taken the time to understand the role of mushrooms, mycelium in the living soil.

Explore minimalism for the poor in Third World Countries. I have traveled extensively around the northern hemisphere. I have trekked over the paths of Nepal where there are no roads and no serious electrification.

More to come....

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