How Essentialism is Driving More Sustainable Living

DATE: Aug, 8   COMMENTS: 0   AUTHOR: Allan Azarola

An essentialist is someone who has decided to focus on getting the most important tasks done first, this likely as part of some project they’re working on, some assignment perhaps or just a general means through which they want to live their professional and personal lives. Essentialism goes beyond its adoption and application on an individual level though, with some established institutions such as businesses and other corporations, learning institutions, sports teams, etc, all basically owing much of their success to following the essentialism model of operation.

Taking a closer look at some examples of essentialism in action it becomes apparent that it is indeed the biggest of these industries which deploy essentialism that possess the potential to make the biggest impact to a more sustainable way of living. The truth is the earth’s resources are being stretched to their limits, certainly as far as it goes with the rate at which we appear to be developing various areas just for the sake of it, or in speculation of some anticipated financial gains.

Medical professionals including therapists, doctors and specialists

There is a class of medical professionals who are effectively going against the grain in seeking to adopt the essentialist approach to the treatment of their patients, in that their aim is to help these patients get to and solve the root cause of their health issues. I mean if you can get pretty much all the information you’ll ever need about the therapy process online in one place, perhaps prior to setting up a meeting for a much-needed session, then that depicts a real desire on the part of the service providers who’ve put that information together to really help the prospective patients. You know it’s real when that information you get prior to even thinking about booking a session could very well be all you need to steer you in the right direction, even if it means you don’t go on to book a session and you perhaps rather choose to go with some online therapy instead.

Many General Practitioners are following suit – diagnosing some of the symptoms which would never make for an indication of a serious health issue online instead of having patients go through the regular process of visiting the doctor’s office, with all the admin to go with, of course.

Politicians and politics

In politics the principles of essentialism aren’t necessarily used to champion sustainable living, rather being deployed in somewhat of a double-standards scenario instead. When politicians are running for office, they apply the essentialism approach in targeting those potential voters who are more likely to side with them in the polls, but the essentialism appears to disappear once they’re actually in office, given how governments generally don’t quite run things as efficiently as possible.

So it’s a different kind of sustainability which doesn’t necessarily benefit the masses.

Higher learning and private education institutions

Academic institutions and other institutions of higher-learning perhaps practice essentialism in line with more sustainable living the best, behind the pioneering medical professionals mentioned earlier. Here essentialism is pretty much drilled into students as part of the academic curriculum, such as how you’re made to choose a major which underpins the career path you’ll subsequently focus on in line with the direction in which you want to eventually establish yourself professionally. 

It’s all about focussing on what matters, because that way there is no profit-driven desire for speculative expansion or overreaching.


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