When I first became interested in minimalism, I sought out as many sources as I could. One of the more interesting is Julien Smith. He wrote this a couple of days ago, and it's delivered in his typical wiseacre style. I recommend spending a minute or two checking it out, and thinking it over.
Americans are generally too indoctrinated to be consumers. At what cost? Not just the monetary cost, but what is the cost to our soul? Is this worth it? Do we really need this stuff?
This makes me feel a lot better about selling my albums a few weeks ago...
Julien's entry: http://inoveryourhead.net/the-short-16-step-guide-to-getting-rid-of-your-crap/