I follow a blog called “Tiny House Blog” and they recently did a post advertising their tiny house building seminar where you can go and learn how to build a tiny strawbale house. It’s a 2 week course. I was very interested until I saw the price ($1600).
Anyway, in the process of building up their seminar, they chose to tear down anyone that doesn’t make the same decision to live in a tiny house. They are by no means the only tiny house movement blog that does that. Almost all of them do it and there’s nothing that gets me more riled up than when I see that liberal holier-than-thou attitude coming from the “permaculture” movement. Permaculture is cool because it’s self-reliant, not because I’m wasting less than my fellow man so I’m somehow better than they are.
My comment on their blog speaks for itself, so I’ll copy and paste it here for your enjoyment.
Let me first say, I am a BIG fan of the tiny house movement and we’re actually building a 384 sq ft cabin on our off-the-grid land and we’re moving there to live for a year for the experience.
But I currently live in a 5100 sq ft house and yes it’s quite pricey to maintain. But it’s my choice to live like that. Demonizing other people’s choices when they don’t match your own desires, isn’t really the best solution for recruiting others to the tiny house movement. You can point out the downsides, that’s fine and should be done as there are lots of downsides to living in a big home. And yes, I realize we’ll save $80K a year by moving to a small home, off the grid. I get that. But please don’t elevate your choices of living simpler by telling those that don’t choose that, that they’re making the wrong choice and there’s somehow a moral imperative that they not “waste” so much resources. That’s when you lose people like me who think it’s really cool that one can live simple and people choose to do that…etc. But it’s just a choice and no better of one than someone else’s choice. You’re not somehow holier or a better person because you choose to live in a smaller home. That’s just nonsense. And you may not mean to say that, but the tone of your post leads people to that conclusion.
I greatly admire those that can live in a small home and indeed, I’m going to do it for a year, too. Can’t wait, actually. But I’ll be going back to my larger home not because it’s a status symbol but because I like my kids being able to bring people over and enjoying the pool and the huge play areas. I like having 30 people over and everyone can enjoy themselves in comfort. If I’m evil because of that… well, I guess I’m evil.
Incidentally, we moved away from Oregon to get away from this kind of judgmental attitude. I’ll call them the “Birkenstock” crowd. Tolerant until someone doesn’t agree with them, then it gets personal and the other party is “evil” or somehow lessor of a human being because they don’t agree with them. 😦