Sunday, March 01, 2015

The bare minimum

Minimalism is wonderful. Why clutter your life with stuff you don’t need? Here, from the golden sayings of Epictetus are words from the original Stoic himself: 

Take what relates to the body as far as the bare use warrants—as meat, drink, raiment, house and servants. But all that makes for show and luxury reject.

Wait a second…servants ? The ancient Greeks, in the philosophical school that invented minimalism, says you need servants as much as food and shelter?!

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