Minimalism: Because Experiences Are Better Than Things
Want to be a happier, more fulfilled man? Start chasing experiences rather than consumer purchases. I’ve lived this transformation, and I’m here to preach the evangel. It may well be most important thing a man ever does. The manosphere saved my life, and now I want to save the lives of my fellow awakened brothers by showing them there is a better way. I know because I’ve been living it.
The past two years have been the most exciting of my life. And I can’t wait to begin the third year of my new lifestyle. Why? Because I have chosen to chase experiences rather than things. That photo mosaic is only the sampler platter from all the exciting experiences I’ve lived since leaving the
noose news industry. Rather than finding myself buried under and trapped by the sum total of the consumer purchases I could have made, I’ve been living out of a couple of small suitcases and a laptop bag.
If you’re new here, let’s get you up to speed. Regular readers may already know I sold, threw away, or gave away most of my possessions in 2015 before beginning a new chapter, designing my own post-corporate lifestyle away from the news industry I grew to loathe. People thought I was crazy to leave a “good” job as a newscaster to chase my dreams.
Did I regret such making drastic changes, walking off the GloboWorldCorp plantation? Fuck no! I feel more alive than I ever have before. In that short time I have had incredible experiences. Life has become exciting and fulfilling rather than dull and boring. It doesn’t feel like I’m a rat trapped in a wheel any longer.
I’ve lived more in two years than many people live in a lifetime. I feel “empowered” (heh) and emboldened. To illustrate the change, here’s an interesting juxtaposition of what I actually did in 2016 and 2017 vs. what I could have done. We’ll start with what I actually did:
- Spent an entire year on a tropical island in the Caribbean
- Lived a lifestyle in which I would “Drink, write and fuck” as Bukowski recommended
- Learned how to dance Bachata, Salsa, and Merengue
- Trained to drive a semi tractor-trailer and got my CDL
- Visited 47 states and virtually every major city in America
- Drove 100,000 miles in repeated coast to coast trips in a semi
- Went up the Space Needle
- Visited Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Grand Canyon National Parks
- Visited Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada
- Roamed in and out of strip clubs
- Spent a month in Asia
- Made multiple trips to Mexico, from border towns to Cancun and Playa del Carmen
- Banged hot (and fun and fit) Asian, Latina, and black women abroad using PUA
- Recently upgraded my sport bike motorcycle
- Made plans to build a tiny house (which I will pay for in cash) for when I’m stateside conducting business
If I didn’t adopt minimalism, instead staying on the human farm as so many people do I could have:
- Gone to work and stared at the wall of a cubicle all day long
- Suffered office drama, gossip, and being under the lash of the HR department
- Gone to Walmart to buy “things” that are supposed to make me happy but don’t
- Gone to Target to buy “things” that are supposed to make me happy but don’t
- Gone to Best Buy to buy “things” that are supposed to make me happy but don’t
- Eaten crappy, overpriced corporate food from big box restaurants
- Prostrated myself in vulnerable ways to hit some frosty Anglobitch tail
My only question is why did I ever live that way? What’s interesting is academia is slowly coming around to acknowledge this new template I’m helping create will result in lasting happiness.
Scientific research into psychology, specifically the emerging science of happiness study explains why so many of us are happier as minimalists, and why adopting a lifestyle as a a world-roaming nomad is more fulfilling than life as a cubicle farm serf. Dr. Thomas Gilovich of Cornell University says:
We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.
There’s more. From Fast Company:
Rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Gilovich suggests you’ll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling.
Here’s why. In fact, this research came to some profound conclusions. We are the sum total of our experiences.
“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Gilovich. “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
Experiences also bring us far more social value than so-called social media:
Shared experiences connect us more to other people than shared consumption. You’re much more likely to feel connected to someone you took a vacation with in Bogotá than someone who also happens to have bought a 4K TV.
It turns out money only buys happiness when it buys us out of starvation and gives us a sense of security. More things don’t equal more happiness, a fact totally lost in the religion of consumerism America has adopted:
Gilovich’s findings are the synthesis of psychological studies conducted by him and others into the Easterlin paradox, which found that money buys happiness, but only up to a point. How adaptation affects happiness, for instance, was measured in a study that asked people to self-report their happiness with major material and experiential purchases. Initially, their happiness with those purchases was ranked about the same. But over time, people’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up.
The lesson from all this is men will actually be far better off post-feminism than women will be. Minimalists and adventurous spirits will fare best, freed from the bondage than a relationshit (or heaven forbid, a marriage) with most any Anglobitch represents.
While women have been left strapped for cash by feminism, men can use their innate creativity and innovation to live exciting lives most dare not dream of. And we can do it on a shoestring budget.
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