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RIP, new tote

Easy come, easy go.  So why am I so depressed about leaving my new tote in a cab last weekend?  Because I made it! (Admittedly, I had help, but still...)  And it was full of experiences: my notes for some art projects I'd been working on and 2 magazines I'd been using for reference for those projects.  Ugh ugh ugh.  I'm sure whoever found it just threw it out - it would probably look like garbage to anyone else.  I would have been much happier to have left my entire suitcase full of clothes and shoes!

A year of Fix actually made me more attached to things in certain ways: I feel like I really need the things I have/buy and I put more effort into the things I buy/have.  I think this is interesting: "material" is a dirty word in our super-consumptive society, implying that someone "just cares about things."  But someone accused of materialism in the conventional sense actually doesn't care about things but acquiring things; alternatively, he/she bases his/her self-worth on having certain things.  In reality, the more material we are - the more we respect the materiality of the things we have - the less consumptive we are.

The moral?  ALWAYS get a receipt from the driver!!! (I can't believe I didn't do that!) And if you find something do what you can to return it to the person, no matter how random the thing - you can't necessarily depend on the driver to do it.

Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 10:44PM by Registered CommenterMegan Metcalf in | Comments1 Comment

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I'm reminded of ancient Greek society, in which even the very wealthy didn't own a great deal of material possessions (or so I've been told); much of their money went into the purchase of (largely) imported foodstuff instead. What few material possessions the Greeks did own,they valued immensely.

I've decided to start donating a number of my material possessions (to family, to charity, etc) so that I can actually enjoy the stuff I do own and use.

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandyPandy

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