Minimalism, Simplicity

The Century of the Small


“Perhaps that’s what the 21st century has in store for us. The dismantling of the Big…. big bombs, big dams, big idealogies, big contradictions, big countries, big wars, big heroes, big mistakes. Perhaps it will be the Century of the Small. Perhaps right now, at this very minute, there’s a small god up in heaven readying herself for us.”
– Arundhati Roy, “The Greater Common Good.”

‘Small’ has been a recurring theme everywhere I look:

  • Websites like Becoming Minimalist encourage small living – own less stuff, and live in tinier, more purposeful spaces
  • At the grocery store, many choose to support local – small family farms and small manufacturers rather than massive operations run by corporations. Big centralized agriculture usually requires more pesticides and promotes ‘monoculture’ growing.
  • Citizens all over the world are advocating for more condensed urban living, where bike and foot traffic are given priority and community is brought together in a smaller area.
  • Housing additions such as solar, rainwater harvesting and composting toilets allow homeowners to take control of their basic needs. The energy and water system can operate much more efficiently and dependably if it’s broken up into small, local operations as opposed to one central facility.

You can find this growing trend everywhere! It appears to me that part of the solution to big problems is to think small. Where do you see the positive effects of thinking small?

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
  – Vince Van Gogh

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