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Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things

"You can never get enough of what you don't really want."

-Rick Hanson

A film that offers an alternative to the materialistic obsessions of today's world. This film was created by two men who had the "American Dream"– a big job making lots of money with everything they could ever want, but amongst all over their belongings, they were missing happiness. What happens when we put all of our identity into our belongings? They criticized our culture's excessive social media usage, and its creation of the never-ending desire for more. Juliet Schor, an economist and sociologist, states, "Material goods are so important for their symbolic meaning. What they do to position us in the status system based on what advertising or marketing says they're about." They blamed marketing for our "broken world." But, aren't consumers just as much to blame?

Do you have material belongings that do truly make you happy? What can you cut out? What is a healthy balance between materialism and minimalism?

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