Spiritual Revolution

 

What I propose is a spiritual revolution”  ~ Dalai Lama

As political freedom spreads to more people and technology integrates into our lives, one would think that man’s quest for happiness is more obtainable than ever. And yet, there is still so much suffering in the world. There is still discrimination, war and violence. People are still hungry or ill when it can be prevented. Even those that seem like they have everything have their own stresses and worries.

Contrary to popular belief, money isn’t the answer to everything. We can try hard to fix the economy, invent new stuff to make our lives easier, even make environmental or political advances, these aren’t bad, but they’re not enough. What the world needs is a spiritual revolution.

By ‘spiritual’ I don’t mean in a religious way, rather that change needs to come to the hearts of people. We can try to fix external factors as much we like, but unless real positive change is made on an individual level, things will be different, but they won’t be better.

People need to want suffering to end. And they can start by trying to not create it for others. Even just doing a few little things can make a big difference.

Similarly, you can talk all day about how great minimalism is but without changing how you fundamentally think you’ll still be unhappy. Switching from consumerism to minimalism isn’t just a superficial act where you just get rid of stuff. It’s more than that. You have to be willing to change some of the most fundamental things you’ve been taught and really believe that the changes you have made were for the better.

Everybody has the power to change the world, even if for now it’s just their own.

Happy New Year everyone, may 2012 bring you the happiness and joy you deserve.

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  • http://sustainableminimalist.com/ Sustainable Minimalist

    A wonderful article, Jessica. I’m a big fan of minimalstudent and your articles are very powerful.

    It’s time to change the attitude of “What can I do when millions of others do the opposite!” Lets all make the change… one step at a time.

  • http://twitter.com/yauleung 比屋根悠亮

    Hi, Jessica. I am Japanese, Yusuke. I saw the article about you, a minimalist. Your lifestyle is very interesting.

    I heard you will study aboard in Japan. When will you come to Japan? I hope you enjoy the life in Japan.

    • minimalstudent

      Hello Yusuke! I heard from my Japanese friend that I was in an article in Courier Japon! Thank you for your comment, I’m glad that you’re enjoying the blog.

      I studied in Japan last year, I went to Konan university in Kobe, I had the best time! I think I will visit again very soon, I will update this blog if I do, I hope you’ll keep reading :)

  • Kate Carpenter

    Jessica – Just found you! I am a a minimalist, too, and here is my latest post at enuffstuff.info:

    I have two sisters, and each said the book ENUFF had an impact on her. But one sister has always been a minimalist and one has not. As it turns out, the one who has not (Chris) finally understood exactly what I was “about” after reading the book – NOT that getting rid of all your possessions will suddenly make you happier – but that clearing your MIND of all its false “truths,” preconceived notions, social anxieties, twisted perspectives, and nonsensical brainwashing is what you really need to shoot for. Once your thinking becomes straightened out, the physical clutter will disappear from your life almost without effort.

    Contrary to the indoctrination we’ve all undergone (mostly by the 1% who still want what little money the rest of us have left), life is not a competition. It’s not about having the biggest house or the most expensive car. It’s not even about having the highest-paying job – although some will argue that since our income is based on the value we provide to society, it should therefore be respected and admired. But if that’s the standard you’re using to measure “success,” you need to question every component of its definition – especially exactly what it is that our society values. Sean Penn is a very talented actor and he has great entertainment value in film, for which he’s been paid millions of dollars. But how much do you suppose he’s been paid for the last two years he’s been tirelessly working to help the people of Haiti? And which do you believe has more value?

    And which one do you suppose encourages the accumulation of more stuff?

    I think we think alike! Keep up the good work! Kate Carpenter