“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
Photo by Alex von der Assen as featured on Kent Griswold’s Tiny House Blog.
Heavy words when you think about them.
I like nice stuff. I buy good clothes, decent shoes, and drive a new(ish) vehicle. We all like new, nifty, better, and clever things. The problem is that we are trained from a young age to grab the newest gizmo and gimmick presented to us. We are programmed to stockpile and hoard. Advertisers know this. Bankers know this. We spend what we earn, and then a little more.
When we pick up an object, we don’t always think of how this thing will add value to our life; or whose life was devalued to make it and bring it to us.