In my searches through the internet for hiking, I have stumbled upon the idea of minimalism and I wondered what difference this had with the Christian concept of Simplicity. If there is a difference then it is of degree. A person stretching for simplicity seeks to remove the complexities of life while the minimalist seeks to get rid of all that is not essential. That is a rough definition but I have seen minimalists and those who follow simplicity go to such extremes that you wonder what it is that they enjoy. On the flip side, some of both state clearly that if there is something you truly enjoy you should keep it around because it is both used and enjoyed. My point is that there are different shades of grey on both and that can keep you scratching your head.
Where minimalism comes to play in hiking is the idea of carrying on your back only that which you truly need. It is a good concept to at least engage because the one thing you do not want to have is something weighing you down that you truly do not need. For the hiker minimalism will in some way be part of your life as you shed your stuff to accomplish something better.
Right now both of these concepts are at war in my spirit as one of the things I am trying to do with this sabbatical is simplify my life and remove the baggage of stuff and crap I do not need anymore. I love my book but how many of these things am I actually going to read again. I have many book I have bought but have not read. Will I really read them. In addition there are lots of stuff items that need to be gone through and discarded or kept. At home I am trying to be a person who practices simplicity.
When I put my pack on my back I am a minimalist. I want to have what I need and nothing more other than a few things needed to get by without going mad. I imagine this fight will rage in me the entire sabbatical and beyond.
Blessings and Cheers!!!