“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.”
~ Ivan Illich
What a fantastic observation!
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What an observation from someone who lived during two world wars, saw massive changes taking place to society and saw the new millennium being born!
True. Or at least, there is a little of both sorts of slave in me. Envy seems to me to be one of the fundamental forces of nature that is easily overlooked.
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Rummy, it is a brilliant observation. I have released myself from the shackles of consumerism in my teens – and I thank my mum for it.
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Wonderful! I really had no choice in the matter. During most of my adult working life, I lived through our experiment with socialism when things like the refrigerator was considered a luxury and we never had enough money to spare for such foolishness anyway!
Very true. Fortunately I’m not prone to either, so by and large I consume only what I need. If there’s anything redundant or purely decorative in the house, it was probably a gift from someone else!
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So am I Nick, but in all honesty, I must admit to pangs of both every now and then! The last addiction I gave up was smoking and it still comes haunting now and then!
I rarely feel envy. When I do I figure I need to figure out what I need to do instead.
I buy a lot of art supplies. I love Lynda Barry’s quote about creativity: “Waste time and materials.” Yep, much more fun than being envious of someone else.
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I envy you!
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