Breaking Out.

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Everybody’s talking about people breaking into houses but there are more people in the world who want to break out of houses.

~ Thornton Wilder.

This post is dedicated to Tammy who is a great minimalist constantly trying to break out of shackles.

He could be fictional, but the greatest minimalist that I have come across is Jack Reacher, Lee Child’s hero. He does not own anything other than the clothes that he wears and discards to buy just another set to last him a while longer.  He stays in motels and keeps wandering getting into all kinds of adventures.

My one regret in life is my physical limitation that prevents me from taking to the life of a Sadhu.  Indian Sadhus are somewhat like Reacher except that they do not get into the kind of adventures that the latter gets into, nor are they likely to be retired Military Police officers. These are the people who have successfully broken out of houses as Wilder suggests most would like to.  I would dearly love to and take to a life of wandering not quite begging to survive but like Reacher living on the move with no baggage.

Joshua and Ryan are two modern day Minimalists  who are kind of trail blazers and their book Everything That Remains explains the philosophy of Minimalism and the benefits of leading such a life like nothing that I have ever read before.  How I wish that I could at least be as minimalist as Joshua has become if I can’t become a Reacher clone!

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13 Responses to Breaking Out.

  1. tammy j says:

    i’m so honored to have a post dedicated to my love of minimalism!
    and … to have you mention ‘the boys’ on here too! and their book.
    i will never forget meeting them in person on their tour around the country… and since… the world! it was one of the highlights of my life.
    i can easily see you as a sadhu rummy. though… raising a FINE son is no slouch of an accomplishment either! you’re living a good minimal life now within the boundaries of necessity. as am i.
    i wouldn’t travel alone today. now. maybe when i was younger.
    but still… we can enjoy a clutter free and wonderful life in our homes!
    a great hug to you dear bean! xo♥
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    • A lot of virtue is the result of necessity Tammy. I can now at least think of a life a wandering Sadhu because, to a large extent, I am in solitude, despite living in the same home with my son, daughter in law and dog. It would have been extremely difficult to even think of it a few years ago! I am sure that you will agree. On the other hand, minimalism makes it easier to handle solitude and self reliance.

    • Thank you Tammy. There is a situation called Vanaprasthshrama in our life which can be lived while residing in one’s home too. That is more or less what I am doing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanaprastha

  2. Cathy in NZ says:

    artists like myself who tend to fiddle with mixed-media just cannot be minimalist!

  3. I’m with Cathy, my projects need materials. My life is simple, though, mainly because I tune a lot out and tend to focus on one thing at time. “The quality of our lives depends on how we focus our energy and our attention.” Very few conflicts there.
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  4. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    Sometimes it is good to just travel around like you belong nowhere; however, not permanently. At least not in my case; cause I love settling down in my house after a long voyage. I like my stuff, the smell of books and things. So, I could never be a Sadhu or the kind of minimalist you refer to here.

    But looking at my place, I could be called minimalist indeed. 🙂

    Cheers
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  5. kylie says:

    i try to be a minimalist consumer but it’s really hard in a house of six, they are rather less keen on the idea. i also get tripped up on things that are of sentimental value or might be useful sometime
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  6. Looney says:

    I was thinking that all of philosophy in the current era is minimalist, since there is nothing that can’t be fully expressed on a Bumper Sticker. But now I am dating myself, since I hear that the Tweet is even more minimalist than the Bumper Sticker, but haven’t actually seen a Tweet in action.
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