Need to Want Less – a Minimalist Concept

Need to Want Less – a Minimalist Concept

How many times in life have we fantasized about getting something and then realized we didn’t need it shortly after getting it? Ah, the joy of consumerism.

It’s important to have dreams and a list of wishes to motivate us, but we have to stop and think whether a new iPhone would make us happier when the old one is still working perfectly fine. A young artist Erin Hanson made a collection of ‘want’ vs. ‘need’ posters to illustrate how thankful we should be for the things we have and the need to focus on what really matters in life.

Using minimalistic design and a clever word play, she contrasts wanting Facebook with the need to face a book with the comment “I should have brain food instead of read brainless feeds”. Stripping down her life to merely being alive and feeling happy about it, Erin gives us 20 short but powerful lessons on how to improve our lives by getting rid of unnecessary things.

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One Comment

  1. Mike Braddock
    August 17, 2012 @ 2:41 am

    Great post. We all seem to get our wants so far ahead of our needs. Part of the problem is our social acceptance is often about status instead of morality. When we get older and wiser we realize that we need to focus on how we feel about ourselves first and then on how we feel about others. We shouldn’t start with feelings and thoughts about how others feel about us.

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