Your thoughts on material possessions?

  • rockleetpt

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    Jun 08, 2009 10:17 AM GMT
    I was reading the latest buttersafe comics

    http://buttersafe.com/ (Thursday, June 4th, 2009)

    and it was pretty much spot on. I was aware of "it makes life easier regarding everyday life" but I wasn't too aware regarding "Provides with identities and a tangible past".

    What's your take regarding material possessions? Do they make you happy enough to sometimes thinking living alone and not needing anybody? (of course nobody will outright admit that so I guess it's a dumb question)
    Do you consider plants and animals to be material possessions? Do you think you need more? Does playing the lottery makes you materialistic?

    In any case, unless I'm simply being with friends, family and with my pets most of the time my actions needs a material medium. That being mp3 player, car, tv, cellphone computer and console video gaming or some book, some kitchen robot. Let's not count clothing unless it's not for providing confort and protection against cold/heat and some basic social rules (you can't walk around naked, right?). So yeah I find it hard to believe people who're fascinated with living a life with minimun possessions possible, I think it only hinders you just as much as it hinders material obcession. Just that are certain "wants" that may be too whimsical to themselves, but it must be a personal evaluation regarding that, people who collect things and devote their life at collecting a certain category of things, are they really materialistic? I don't think so, unless it turns into a one dimensional person (turning a person into a collector) who doesn't live a rich life. I'm always a fan of balance so I guess a certain level of things are necessary but the balance zone is personal so I don't think it helps making comparisons like "I make my life just fine without that fancy car, why shouldn't you?".

    My philosophical problem here is that if somehow I define a certain degree of having material things good and not good, I'm restraining ways of living, and really what matters if they live a very materialistic life if they do good to society and to the people they love? As long as you are fulfilling those two conditions, isn't that good enough?

    On a totally different matter, buttersafe comics are a really really random and crazy humour, sometimes it goes too much to the point of being random just for it's own sake. You should give it a try as a good time waster.
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    Jun 08, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    It's not about what you have or don't have, it's how you use what you do have.

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1440

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    Jun 08, 2009 1:31 PM GMT
    It's how you use what others have.
  • jrs1

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    Jun 08, 2009 1:52 PM GMT

    Personally, no material possession can be responsive enough to replace long-term human interaction. I am a primarily solitary guy, but I needs ma' re-buddle, retorts, humbling instances, encouragement, and social nourishment/enrichment.

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    Jun 08, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    It's stuff.

    Never be about your stuff. Be about you.
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    Jun 08, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    I like my possessions but I don't let them dominate my life. I love gadgets and collect a lot of them. I collect kitchen gadgets and have gone through times when I have purged out the ones I really don't need and either sold them at a garage sale or donated them to our local SPCA.

    What I don't understand is all the storage businesses and how they are popping up every where. If I can't keep my items in my own home and have to go and rent a room at a storage facility then I really need to reevaluate my possessions and how they are taking over my life.

    There are people that have so much stuff that they have to rent these huge storage areas. That is so strange and alien to me. I can understand if you are moving and in transition and need a storage room temporarily but to have one all the time is just strange to me.
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    Jun 08, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    I've known people obsessed with gathering as much "stuff" as possible. I've known people obsessed with eliminating as much stuff from their lives as possible. Despite being on ostensibly opposite ends of the spectrum, both of these types of folks are ultimately ruled by possessions. Happiness and sanity probably lie somewhere in the middle of these extremes.
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    Jun 08, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    It's nice to have enough material possessions to be comfortable, but hoarding stuff only creates clutter and more problems down the road.
    Having the basics is necessary, having more is better, but having too much makes the soul weary. At least in my book.
    Of course, everyone has different levels as to what constitutes too many material possessions.
    Cultivating a better mind, body and soul is much more rewarding, and yes balance is a key.
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    Jun 08, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    I arrived in the USA with two bags. I left with 2 and a half.

    I arrived in Latin America with 2 bags and 3 small boxes. This time I´m sending some of my furniture on to wait for my next life. Not everything, but I´m fed up of not having things, basic things that you all take for granted like a mattress or a wine glass.

    Next time I plan on staying.
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    Jun 08, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    I would love to have some more... thanks/
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    Jun 08, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    For me, how someone treats their friends and how they treat their material possessions are big indicators of compassion and responsibility. That's all.
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    Jun 08, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    “In the beginning was the Presence. The Presence was with me; the Presence was me. The Presence was in the beginning with me. And the Presence was made flesh.”

    That’s my perspective . . . on pretty much anything I lose. All I started with was me, and it’s all I’ll finish with. Cool comic, though.
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    Jun 08, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
    When my father killed himself his wife black bagged all his shit and put it on the curb. My siblings were mortified they went pulling bags for things. Me, I stayed away. I had three thing and it was all I wanted, memories, life lessons and experiences. Physical crap means shit. To paraphrase, I agree with Jeff, physical crap is just an unneccessary burden.
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    Jun 08, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    The stuff you own....OWNS YOU!

    fixes, repairs, upgrades, additions, replacements, etc etc.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jun 08, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    I am doing the best I can to simplyfies my life. It been a while since I last by stuff. I hardly by clothes anymore. When my microwave broke, I find out I dont really need a new one.

    Just a basic simple life it enough for me. I have less commitment, less maintenance, more money for fun and adventure .
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    Jun 08, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    What's sad is that there are MANY folks out there (not just gay guys) who feel the more they have -- especially expensive materials -- the more they feel content, surpassing a self-defined level of status to indicate their place in this world.

    Fortunately, I don't have this mentality and feel fortunate about being a basic kinda guy. I think it's sad that many out there judge you for what you drive, the type of house you live in, the kind of phone you speak through, the vacation homes you own to getaway to, the fine crystal sitting in the dining room, and so forth.