This is my fundamental premise: It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to cease practicing curiosity, seeking truth, improving themselves, and challenging social norms. (My adapted version of Clifford’s Credo. Look it up – it’s interesting philosophy.)
If you disagree with this premise, stop reading now. If you agree with it, continue reading to hear my formal arguments for my lifestyle of relearning human.
First, some information about arguments. Formal arguments are made up of at least one premise, and one conclusion. Treat this as a game. Here are the rules:
Rule 1: I am assuming that all of my premises are true. You can reject none, some, or all of my premises.
Rule 2: If you don’t like my conclusion, you MUST reject at least one premise.
Rule 3: Your only other option is to prove that my conclusion doesn’t logically follow from my premises.
Formal Argument for Minimalism:
1) It is unethical to be ambivalent about waste, or to prefer waste, especially waste created by oneself.
2) Waste includes: Time/Resources/Energy/Attention/… spent inefficiently, with an unacceptably low ratio of increase in quality of life to amount wasted.
3) Minimalism is a lifestyle of continuous self-evaluation and elimination of waste.
4) Therefore, every ethical lifestyle/worldview must incorporate Minimalism.
That’s the argument. It does need clarification though. Here are some detailed examples of waste:
Owning more than you need or use is waste. Owning multiple things that accomplish the same function is waste. Caring/worrying about things that don’t mater is waste. Choosing one hobby or activity over another, when it clearly costs more waste for no extra quality of life, is waste.
Yes, quality of life is subjective. Yes, it is debatable when the level of inefficiency becomes significant. Yes, this argument does require you to prefer not being a horrible person.
But preventing waste can not only allow more resources to go to improving and even saving other people’s lives, it can improve and save your own life. Waste taxes the mind, the emotions, the wallet, and the soul.
Many of my posts go into detail about how to eliminate waste in a specific area.
Formal Argument for Naturalism:
1) Naturalism in this context means: living in harmony with how the human body was designed/has evolved/etc, how it interacts with nature, and with nature itself.
2) It is objectively better in every way to be more in line with Naturalism. You cannot win a fight against reality.
3) Therefore, every change towards being more in line with Naturalism is objectively good.
Remember my premise from the beginning? Refusing to make an objectively beneficial change towards Naturalism is unethical.
Naturalism basically means that it is futile to try and live with false assumptions about reality. Living by principles that are false cannot work. Ignoring unchangeable facts about human anatomy, and trying to live contrary to them can only lead to injury and discomfort. Ignoring the fact that humans obviously have a natural range of foods that our stomachs are optimized for, and eating other foods, can only lead to health and wellness problems.
Trust God/evolution/nature, etc and live in harmony with what it means to be human. Dissent is futile. Submit or suffer the consequences.