Essentialism is Agnostic Minimalism
It’s like when people don’t wanna use the big scary word “atheist” when they are saying they aren’t a member of a religion. The friendly way to say it is “agnostic”.
When people on the ‘net say they’re “essentialist”, they are saying they are a minimalist but not the “Big ‘M’ Word”.
It’s preposterous. It’s for people who got turned onto it by post-Minimalist YouTubers and probably have a spreadsheet of exactly how many items they own and why.