What will it take to bring minimalism back?

By Ev Bogue - August 7th 2015

One of the things that I love the most about coding is that while it happens most of the time within people's minds and inside of a computer it's also grounded in reality. This is why I've written books such as The Node.js Book and Design Your Website over the past few years.

I'm cynical about minimalism coming back, because I'm not sure that it's grounded in reality anymore.

Over the past four years, the people who've been guiding the minimalism movement on a perpetual roadtrip between Montana, Missouri and California have attempted to make minimalism appeal to everyone, and because of this it now appeals to no one. Minimalism for everyone is nothing.

Most of this is my fault. I fucked minimalism, ran off on a fling with cyborgism, traveled around the world on one-way tickets towards hoboism, rebuilt my business from scratch in Mexico by writing programming books so you can get your skills up, and now I'm thinking about returning to minimalism. If I hadn't have left minimalism in the first place, maybe I could have whapped anyone on the head who tried to run a minimalist blog without grounding it in reality atop the head and minimalism wouldn't be so far off the tracks right now.

I'm the douchebag, I should have stayed.

But sometimes you have to leave minimalism on a one-way ticket ticket to get some perspective.

And my perspective is that minimalism isn't grounded in reality anymore.

I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to returning to minimalism, because I'm not sure anyone who deals in minimalism wants the philosophy to have any grounding in reality.

By reality, I mean stuff.

Because what is minimalism but a philosophy for dealing stuff? Junk, shit, mierda, crap, all of that nonsense in your closet that you've been clinging to because you think someone will think you're important one day and will want to see all of your crap after you're dead. That stuff.

What I mean to say is for minimalism to even attempt to think about returning it it's former glory we need to start thinking more about what stuff minimalists have, and what stuff minimalists don't have. Meaning minimalists don't have much stuff, and normals or hoarders do. This way we can have some difference between minimalists and everyone, and minimalism can be somewhat aspirational again. Or at least something hoarders can troll on with their semi-advanced technical skills that allow them to type into boxes and hit submit.

Perhaps the first rule of minimalism needs to be 'show your things.' Then if your things end up in an infinite scroll the Internet can judge for itself how minimalist you are.

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