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Is lifestyle design dead or alive?

There seems to be a debate going on in the blogosphere on whether or not lifestyle design is dead.

A couple of weeks ago, JD Bentley of Wage Slave Rebel  wrote a blog post suggesting that lifestyle design, which implies breaking the mold and living life on your own terms is nothing more than a hollow cry.

Corbett Barr of Free Pursuits responded with a question, Is lifestyle design dead already? and created quiet a stir, generating a huge amount of comments on his post, and got other bloggers talking about it as well.

Today, JD responded with his final proclamation, Lifestyle design is dead. He claims that people wanting to live life on their terms are alive and well, but the term lifestyle design has become a buzzword for another cult of non-thinking people who want to do be rebels without a cause.

While Bentley's post will not bring the debate to an end, it is good to see that lifestyle design is being redefined to mean more than freedom to travel without having to work.

This column defines lifestyle design as one's right to the freedom to be oneself. To quote an old document, lifestyle design is an "inalienable right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."

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