Coveting possessions. I think we can all agree that to a certain degree, it can be a very unhealthy thing. Similarly, the desire for “more” can be a nasty and difficult habit to break, at least…I used to think so. But it was through a very thought-provoking comment on a metafilter thread that I found this wasn’t necessarily true.
Coveting possessions is unhealthy. Here’s how I look at it:
All of the computers on Ebay are mine. In fact, everything on Ebay is already mine. All of those things are just in long term storage that I pay nothing for. Storage is free.
When I want to take something out of storage, I just pay the for the storage costs for that particular thing up to that point, plus a nominal shipping fee, and my things are delivered to me so I can use them. When I am done with them, I return them to storage via Craigslist or Ebay, and I am given a fee as compensation for freeing up the storage facilities resources.
This is also the case with all of my stuff that Amazon and Walmart are holding for me. I have antiques, priceless art, cars, estates, and jewels beyond the dreams of avarice.
The world is my museum, displaying my collections on loan. The James Savages of the world are merely curators.
I am the curator of their things, and thus together we all share the world.
So how do you stop yourself from wanting more and more “things”?
Easy. You see everything as if it already belongs to you. :)
Love to all, it’s a pleasure to share this planet with you!