This is an awesome article, and I could not have said it better myself. Well actually I could not have said it better, 1. because it is very well written, and 2. because I could not string together two coherent sentences together about the Edo period. Anyway please read because it is very good.
The second article is very short. It is so awesome, so smart, and so true. Really gives you something to think about. Not only about being a minimalist for environmental reasons, which are very good reasons, but also for reasons based in wanting to end suffering for all humanity. Great read.