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Minimalism - my take on it
The more milk you have, the more cream you can make.
-The milk represents random accumulations. The cream represent what you are left with after you pick the very best or most useful things, and throw away the rest.
-Since I discovered Internet, this was always my philosophy. You gather massive amounts of data, so that the data-quality of the things you select to keep, is as good as possible.
-There are 2 pitfalls. More data = higher risk of bad data ending up in final selection group. Data gathering creates the common 'collector' addiction.
Discarding is much harder than selecting a favorite.
-This especially true for things like clothing. Each garment has experiences/memories tied to it. Individually, they may all possess unique qualities that suggest keeping them.
-Selecting say the top 5 shirts is easy, if you try all the shirts on in quick succession. Then the trick then becomes to get rid of the rest without taking a second look at them.
Knowing what you have, makes it easier to avoid duplicates or inferior replacements.
-Having only the selected few, connects you to that level of quality, and makes it much easier to remember what you have. Thus easy to dismiss new items that dont measure up.
-On the flip side, knowing what you have, also makes it easier to know exactly what you are looking for.
Specific things about data, knowledge, systems and practices.
-The human desire to expand on existing knowledge (like writing a book), is often a path to excess lower quality knowledge.
-Knowing 2 things usually means knowing them each half as well, compared to only knowing one of them.
-The act of studying leads to a 'collector addiction', increasing the drive to study further, as opposed to putting what was learned into action.
-Knowing multiple good ways to handle a sudden situation, sometimes leads to a 'stalemate' type of paralysis.
-Human action starts in the brain as pictures. Data and 'dry' knowledge has a tendency to reduce the ability to think in pictures, thus reducing the ability to act.
Based on the above, ideal knowledge is:
-know only one thing for each 'scenario'
-know that thing in the form of a picture
-a picture that is of the nature that lends itself easily to enactment
Pictures are nice, since they can depict many different details at once... meaning that we can 'cheat' a little, and keep a few pieces of 'knowledge' even if we are going for a single picture... but add too much, and you are back where you started, with a messy jumble of too many things.
PS: What you just read, is the product of massive research on the subject, followed by 'extracting the cream'. Most of my posts these days aspire to be like that.
(Could I have boiled it down even further - probably!)
Loves: Shy Girl-coding into Starry-eyed Extroversion, spamming Open-loops and Mini-cold-reads and lots of light kino.
Hates: Putting pressure on others. Things that feel 'brainy'.