I had read this blog post “the beauty of the ellipsis” long back, in 2011, and had liked it a lot!
The website (now defunct) was called “mnmlist” and was all about “minimalism” and extreme simplicity. Ever the blog/website template emphasizes minimalism with no clutter, sidebars, widgets and simple plain text on white background. Even the titles of blog posts are all in lower-case, signifying simplicity and equality.
The website design and contents have Zen-like spiritual touch and it accentuates the core idea of minimalism.
I am reproducing the blog here with credits. You can also go through other write-ups on this blog.
mnmlist: the beauty of the ellipsis
On Twitter recently, I wrote: ‘The purest beauty in life is in the ellipsis.’
Someone then asked: ‘How is an omission the purest form of beauty?’
This is the essence of minimalism. The ellipsis is the punctuation mark (…) that indicates an intentional omission. From Wikipedia: “An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence.”
If that description doesn’t inspire thoughts of beauty in you, you might not be a minimalist.
A pause in speech is silence. Silence is one of the most profound ways to connect with your inner voice, with nature. Silence is the best part of speech.
An unfinished thought is any thought, really — if a thought is “finished” it’s dead. We are all of us in transition, all the time, and our thoughts can be no exception.
Trailing off into silence implies that there is much left unsaid … that what is said is only the start.
Intentional omission is the foundation of minimalism: we leave things out because they are unnecessary, and retain only what we need or use or love. Omitting the unnecessary is a thing of pure beauty.
Say less, and hear more.
Do less, and have a greater impact.
Make less noise, and appreciate the silence.
Send out fewer emails, and make each one count.
Tweet less, and each one becomes more meaningful.
Have fewer possessions, and enjoy the space.
Have fewer “friends”, but make each relationship stronger.
Appreciate the spaces between everything.