60 years ago, incredible amounts of people in the U.S. were given the opportunity to live in their own house, outside of traditional centers of populations (cities). A significant complication to this new lifestyle slowly developed, as markets produced more to meet consumer needs. Not only did most living a quiet suburban lifestyle start to buy more items individually, but they bought nearly identical things for their own households — which could be easily shared with a few neighbors. This phenomenon has spread to nearly all ways of living, as dominant culture has come to dictate product consumption as the remedy for social ills.
A highly consumptive lifestyle, focused around maintaining and accumulating stuff, requires much more time and effort to uphold: nearly 66 hours are spent each week by the average person living in the U.S.
Many people find different paths toward happiness, including valuing materialistic practices. A challenging view is Minimalism, which proposes that happiness and healthful living can be found through reducing the amount of possessions one owns/uses. Some make the case that the sentimental value attached to certain ‘stuff’ can be related to experiences and other ways of perceiving one’s surroundings, and are not tethered to the things themselves.
Minimalism may not be a sustainable model for the current world of international trade and finance, but at its core this philosophy can change/challenge a person’s outlook on what’s actually necessary in order to live in a fulfilling fashion.
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Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It’s not our fault – the span of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it’s almost impossible to get a handle on it.
Why You Should Stay in School, in 1 Chart
High school graduates’ inflation-adjusted wages have fallen 1.6% the past 12 years
This is a reprint from The Atalantic
Now you know why you are here.
Remember you get out what YOU want.
It’s been a lost decade for American workers, but it’s been more lost for some than others. As Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) point out in a new and particularly depressing report, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat for the median American worker since 2000. But it’s been worse than that for people who only have a high school degree. Their real wages have fallen 1.6 percent the past 12 years — and they’re still falling now.
A few things. The first and most obvious is that, yes, you should stay in school. Now, that doesn’t mean you should throw any kind of cost-benefit analysis aside, and pay any price for any school. You want to go someplace that actually graduates its students. That’s because, despite the rising cost of it, graduating from college is still just about the best investment you can make.
But what about everyone else? Last year, 33.5 percent of 25 to 29 year olds had at least a bachelor’s degree, which is actually a good bit more than just two decades ago. But that’s still two-thirds of the country without a degree at a time when the cost of not graduating from college keeps rising and rising. What are we going to do if we keep being unable to provide stagnant, let alone rising, real wages for most people? Well, we’re going to do something else. Maybe we need more taxes-and-transfers. Or maybe we need more "pre-distribution" — things like better infrastructure, a higher minimum wage, and easier unionization — to increase people’s pretax earnings.
But whatever it is, we need to do it soon. Decades are a terrible thing to waste, and we can’t afford to waste any more of them.