Give it to Paul Graham for composing such a wonderful, wonderful article.
Companies that sell stuff have spent huge sums training us to think stuff is still valuable. But it would be closer to the truth to treat stuff as worthless.
In fact, worse than worthless, because once you've accumulated a certain amount of stuff, it starts to own you rather than the other way around. I know of one couple who couldn't retire to the town they preferred because they couldn't afford a place there big enough for all their stuff. Their house isn't theirs; it's their stuff's.
My 2 cents:
I never really think much about owning stuff, because when I was little I already learn how valuable saving money is. Without money saved, I would never step my foot in US. That's why I have an extreme discipline about spending money. I'm not cheap however, my parents always urge me to spend money on life experiences rather than stuff. I have my weak points on entertainment (like watching movies, theatre performances & dining out) but spending money on stuff? I feel guilty, but I never know the cause.
Paul Graham really hit it on the bullseye. Stuff suck energy out of you.
If you owned stuff, you have to take care of it, making sure you use it often, because if you don't use it you will feel guilty. Why? Because when you make a purchase, you decided to put a value on the thing. If you don't use it, you will regret it and deep inside you know you make mistakes. Nobody likes regrets.
a0z0ra @ 11:21 PM  |