I wanted to bring attention to the controversy of the week within the realm of minimalist blogging:
Is minimalism dead or alive?
Sparked by Everett Bogue’s post declaring the death of minimalism and his new [offensive] website, several bloggers have been pumping out heated responses to his rejection of minimalism and adoption of being a cybernetic yogi. I was also a bit shocked when he basically told us that minimalism is a fad and he’s beyond that now. Well, wait, what about the rest of us who are still exploring our simple living journey?
I identify the most with Mike Donghia’s two posts: A Public Message for Everett Bogue and It’s Still Cool to Be a Minimalist: Everett Bogue Moved On But You Don’t Have To. I also identify with Matt Madeiro’s response: Minimalism is Just Fine, Thanks!. Go read them.
I hesitated to write about this because everyone else already has, but I wanted to let you know I still plan to publish basic decluttering posts and discuss ways to simplify because like Mike said, only a tiny percentage of people are familiar with minimalism and have simplified their lives. Just because a small group of elite bloggers have moved past focusing on minimalism in their lives doesn’t mean that everyone else should do so. Many of you are just starting to learn about and embrace simple living. My aim is to remain focused on this process for not just myself, but for you.
Of course, if you want to shift focus from simple living to being a cybernetic yogi (cybernetic yogi? Huh?) and creating a digital self, then please do. As someone who is focused on real life interactions and living a simple life, I don’t understand why anyone would want to create a digital self. But hey, whatever floats your boat!
But for me, minimalism is alive. It always will be. And it is always changing.
Other points of view:
By Ev, Now How About We All Learn to Get Along?
Minimalism isn’t dead, you’ve just gone insane Everett
Everett, Former Teacher.
The Sun Rises On Minimalism, Sans Everett.
Minimalism is NOT Dead: Regardless of What Everett Bogue Says
Accepting the Torch From Everett Bogue
OK. Back to reading The Power of Less. (Picked it up at the library yesterday! Yes!)
Hey, didn’t Leo Babauta write that? Say, isn’t he pretty much the pioneer of modern minimalism? Doesn’t he still write about simplifying? Yes. he does. And hasn’t the concept of simplifying your life been around for thousands of years? Uh-huh. So forget about Everett and let him do his thing. We still have Leo – the original minimalist, and a myriad of other great bloggers who aren’t leaving any time soon.