TABULA RASA LIVING
Tabula Rasa Living is a blog about
minimalism & sustainable living.
What is a tabula rasa?
“Tabula rasa” is a Latin phrase for a “blank slate”.
In philosophy, it refers to the idea that the human mind is a blank slate at birth and that all ideas are impressed upon us by our surroundings. Under this theory, our consciousness and beliefs are not formed by nature – they are formed by our experiences in the world.
This concept begs the question – are we simply living our lives on the terms that society has laid out for us?
What does this mean?
I believe that consumerist society controls the way we live in the developed world. Everyday we’re inundated with advertisements that influence the way we feel and act. Material goods are seen as the pillars of success and people become trapped in the pursuit of acquiring them. We are told that we should always want more.
This way of thinking has led people to unhappiness, debt, and is contributing to the destruction of the Earth.
Ok…so what can I do about this?
The philosopher John Locke (a proponent of the “tabula rasa” theory) believed that humans are free to create their own character. So, I challenge you – instead of living under the ethos of amassing more, why not pursue living with less?
Why should I live with less?
Most of us want the same basic things: to be happy, free, and to live with as little stress as possible. However, consumerist culture keeps us in a state of unhappiness when we constantly want more than what we already have and more than we actually need.
Learning to live with less can benefit people of all ages regardless of occupation or lifestyle. It can give you financial freedom, mental clarity, and can help save the Earth by reducing consumption and waste.
What exactly is Tabula Rasa Living?
Tabula Rasa Living is about living consciously and letting go:
- of the hold that marketing has on us – which makes us spend unconsciously and impulsively
- of habits that keep you in debt or with no savings – which prevent you from living the life you truly want
- of the physical and mental clutter that holds you back
- of the patterns of waste that are harming our Earth
I hope that reading this blog encourages you to live better, with less!