There Really is No Right Way to Balance Less and More
There is an interesting essay titled “Amish.biz” featured in Aeon. The author poses an excellent question that explores the tension between less and more:
There seems to be a “grass is greener” tension between the Amish and non-Amish. Non-Amish flock to all things Amish in an attempt to capture yesterday’s simplicity, while the Amish lurch haltingly towards technology, thinking things might be better if they had just a little more. Is there some mythical middle ground that we'd all be happiest living? Which is it?
If there is a solution to this tension it definitely is not force-fitting yourself into arbitrary simple living rules.
Moreover, as I discuss in “Minimalism is not Asceticism” it’s also not assuming that adopting ascetic practices will automatically solve all of your problems.
To see a plain community such as the Amish struggle with the concept of minimalism is testament to the fact that there are no one-size-fits-all rules.
Your less/more equilibrium can only be found through a personal exploration of what makes you happy as I address in “Yes, You Need to Find Yourself. This is Why and How.”
You can find inspiration and borrow ideas from here and there, but ultimately you are the craftsman of your life.