"There are more you should value more than possessions –God"
Hard to keep reading after that line. First, telling me things I should value, and secondly being something I don't take value out of anymore.
Smartphone made my life much, much easier.
It can bring interruptions into your life, but it can also simplify and optimize other parts of your life.
I don't have a smartphone. I simply don't do most of the things on your list. I use a paper calendar and to-do list. I read paper books from the library. I had an iPhone and found that it made my life more complicated - more generally, its contribution to my life was a net negative - and I got rid of it.
Now, coming back on your point, Steve Jobs was certainly not a Minimalist himself. He (partially) OWNED a huge company, and he was totally OWNED by his company, by the definition of the book of minimalism itself. Until the end of his life he spent most of his days working for Apple -> which is not a good example of someone detached from earthly possessions. Plus, he was passionate about the products he created, therefore he certainly used them a lot and was "owned" by them as well.
That's why, putting Steve Jobs in a "Buddhic" kind of stature is ridiculous. If you want to find examples of people who live Minimalism, there are much better ones out there.
The way of minimalism: stuff doesn't matter, so here's my blog about different interesting ways to organize your stuff and pictures of beautiful bourgeois furniture.
You better not read PG's essays, because he also uses the word "God". https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q... It is quite interesting to see you are irritated of something I believe and understand from the book.
Your Google link unfortunately disproved your point.
>You won’t lose that much.
These two points go hand in hand -- though, I would change "lose" to "miss" in the second.
I grew up rather poor, and with a less than stellar family. As a result, I was bounced around a lot from home to home. One thing I learned from that is that with each move, I unpacked fewer and fewer boxes that were filled with my things. I only needed a few core things in which to be happy. If another move was only few months down the road, I didn't see a point in unpacking all of these useless items if they're just going to go back in the box again. Eventually, I realized that the stuff I didn't unpack was really just that: stuff. I didn't need it to be happy. It was really just one more thing that I had to spend time maintaining.
This minimalism, though originally born from necessity, carried over to adulthood as a simple lifestyle choice. I have a massive problem in wrapping my head around people's obsession with filling their homes with.. stuff.
In an attempt to explain the minimal lifestyle to my much younger brother the other day, I gave the example of people who shop at Kirklands (we just happened to be walking by the place when my older, and very married, sister exclaimed joy at seeing the store). The stuff in that store is little more than yard sale fodder (in my ever so humble opinion!). It's purpose is to will up a space in your home, but it means nothing to the buyer. In a week's time, it will just be another "thing;" something you bought once on a whim. In five years it will either be thrown away, sold, or in a closet somewhere because you've got to make room for ever more stuff in your house.
I've got a very simple question which I ask myself before I purchase something: "Is this item really going to make me happy?" "I cannot imagine a scenario where this fancy silverware holder, which by definition will sit in a drawer, underneath said silverware and thus rarely seen, will really make me happier than this $5 utilitarian one" (actual conversation I had with my girlfriend at Ikea, to which she replied, "but it's cuter!").
That said, I don't not buy things; I'm a sucker for the NASA lego sets, admittedly. But they have meaning to me more than a placeholder. It's an activity I do with my brothers, it is, to me, a symbol of a great human achievement, and I fudging love showing people that there's actually a little lego satellite inside the lego Shuttle. That type of thing is an experience for me. It's not just a thing, looking at it is like a mnemonic for triggering good memories I had of putting it together with family and friends. Those are the things I feel are worth filling your house with, not just stuff because "that wall could use something."