An Open Letter to Steve Harvey, from a “Stupid” Tiny House Owner

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This is an open letter to Steve Harvey in response to his Tiny House Rant, seen below.

It was originally seen on one of our favorite tiny house communities, the  “Tiny House People” group on Facebook and submitted by Randa B.

 

 

An Open Letter to Steve Harvey, from a “Stupid” Tiny House Owner

 

Dear Mr. Steve Harvey,

I hope this letter finds its way to you through the sharing efforts of our “stupid” tiny house community on Facebook and other.

The text below was taken verbatim from your recent tiny house rant.

“This is for people who have given up. This is for people who ain’t got no faith. Who ain’t got no dream. I still believe if you write the vision and make it plain, he who reads it will run to it.”

“You want to live in a tiny house it’s cause you gave up . . .you’re stupid.”

I live in a tiny house and pride myself on my faith, ambition, and the responsible lifestyle decisions I’ve made.

You believe that those who look for this lifestyle have no faith, yet some of the greatest humans to live have desired less only to gain more. Would you regard the Dalai Lama as “faithless?” While I can’t speak for him, I’m confident that he places little importance on the pursuit of a 2,600 SF home. Our faith is more spiritual than material.

You say that we have no dream. Why must our dreams conform to your ideas of “success?” Dreams start with Freedom. Freedom is defined as a state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. The idea of living in a smaller space allows for many freedoms. It can free you from disparaging debt and costly home repairs. It can provide less of an impact on the planet. It can help to free your mind from distractions and focus more on the things we consider important, like mental health and mindfulness.  These may not be in the scope of your “vision,” but please don’t judge those of us for prioritizing these goals in our lives.  Those of us who have ventured outside the normalcy of the “American Dream” are the adventurous dreamers you seem to believe have given up.

In your mind, we’re considered “stupid.” We’ve joined the tiny house movement with careful consideration. We’ve analyzed our priorities and factored these into our decision to downsize. For many of us, financial stability is a life-goal. A tiny home can be purchased for the downpayment cost of a typical house. Our country is $16 trillion in debt. A major contributing factor was the general pursuit of “more” and “larger” homes. The underlying problem stemmed from this mindset that you’re now preaching… that “bigger is better” when it comes to our homes; that “more stuff” in our lives equates to “more success;” and that a focus on “internal” rather than “external” is stupid. We think we’ve made an intelligent decision, both for ourselves and the greater good.

We don’t want to judge you personally, or the criteria by which you measure “success.” If it’s fame, money, and things, then congratulations on your success. You seem to be doing quite well.

We value other metrics. By these, we’re also doing quite well. If you think your ego can fit through our tiny door, we’d love to have you over for dinner to further discuss!

 

Best Wishes,

 

Fran at TinyHousehold.com

 


 

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  2. Steve Harvey is a well known bully of the LGBT community as well. His Troll type of humor is just that. Trolling. If he were on an internet forum, most people would have blocked him or put him on ignore by now.

  3. I am disappointed. I never thought I would hear him say something narrow minded. I am not stupid. I am different, and ‘m proud of it! My tiny living gives me the freedom to experience ALL of my DREAMS; not just the one of owning a home.
    Well wishes,
    The different girl…

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  4. I used to watch his show. His largest audience is probably unemployed people who can watch it during the day. He forgets that even if wealthy he is still enslaved to pay taxes like the rest of us. Unless of course he isn’t which will mean they will take it all from him.
    Paying more in taxes isn’t freedom, what is he doing to stop violence in ethnic communities. He has that media opportunity, yet he prefers to call people stupid. He’s not a problem solver, just a media hype.

  5. Go for it. Best deal going. I would like to have a tiny house. It would neet all my needs. The man does mot know what he speaks. Shallow minded. Sad

  6. You tiny house and vegetarian advocates are the same. Both convinced that your lifestyle choice is superior. C’mon grow up a little, he’s a comedian for crying out loud! His job IS to make fun of everybody. I’m not saying those lifestyle choices are inferior.

  7. “… for crying out loud.” What year is this 1952? Just kidding. You’re absolutely right. He should constantly be made to wear a t-shirt that says, “I am a wise ass marginally funny comedian. Do not take me seriously.” The problem is that we live in America where the average reading level is 7th grade and sinking. Unfortunately too many of us take social cues on any number of critically important topics from entertainers who would likely be just as ill-informed and undereducated as the general populous. I’ve generally found as I grow older and hopefully wiser a peculiar circumstance where people who know the least on any number of topics consistently tend to be the most outspoken (e.g. Steve Harvey). In this country far too many ignorant people are given the most visible of platforms to spew their ignorance. The most annoying thing about Steve is his unabashed almost brazen ignorance. This incident is not the first time for him. He’s too old and too exposed to be as stupid.

  8. Tiny houses are dumb. Just get a small house so you don’t bump your head everyday!!! Can’t wait until these goofy fad passes.

    Steve Harvey rocks and has more wit and wisdom and compassion than most celebrities.

  9. I believe I must have misunderstood the meaning of ‘funny’ all my life.

    This supposed ‘comedian’ is denigrating us as ‘stupid.’ I don’t find that funny, and I am well-known for my crazy sense of humor.

    A large percentage of people never actually OWN the properties they spend their whole life working and paying for. They die, and the house goes back to the bank – who truly owned it all along – or gets passed to a relative who then is shackled into continuing the cycle. How many people manage to amass a small amount of equity in their properties and then take out a second mortgage ? Do they really believe they are using their own money when they do this? They are actually taking back money they owed to the bank and they now owe it all over again.

    Tiny House people are turning their backs on the ‘stuff’ that keeps most of the population enslaved. This is one of the most intelligent movements ever.

    (‘Mortgage’: Old French for ‘Death Pact.’ Look it up.)

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