Thursday, May 12, 2005

Understanding Insanity

Last night my wife and I discussed our difficulty relating to our generation's materialistic values and sense of entitlement. My wife observed that people believe that they can buy happiness with a house that has twice the square-footage than the house they currently own. She asked me why she couldn't understand this logic. I answered that she shouldn't be able to understand it since a person cannot understand insanity.


At May 12, 2005 at 9:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger torontopearl said...

My parents taught us well: "Everyone can live in a house, but not everyone lives in a home."

I've lived in a home my whole life.

At May 12, 2005 at 12:55:00 PM EDT, Blogger Alice said...

If people would focus on the things that make them FEEL rich instead of packing their homes with junk, buying a bigger home...repeat, then the problem would be pretty much solved. I've never felt richer in my life because I quit a stressful job, got pregnant, and now have time to focus on taking care of my home and husband. The material loss has not been nearly as painful for us as we thought. And it has highlighted how dual income families have raised the stakes and expectations, in other words middle class has been redifined. It was actually difficult for me to accept that to some we are lower middle class. But now I could care less. The price I was paying to work was way too high.

At May 12, 2005 at 12:58:00 PM EDT, Blogger Alice said...

And I'm not trying to slam families where two people work, for the record. I would just encourage people to simplify and downsize and see how nice it feels. : )

At May 12, 2005 at 3:35:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dindel said...

come on guys; the idea of buying a larger space to deal with your insanity is simple. you have another room to run away from your problems and hide in :) I think its safe to say I grew up in a big house and if i couldnt switch rooms so often. I wouldnt have all the personalities, I mean personality I have today.

At May 12, 2005 at 4:43:00 PM EDT, Blogger Gavriel said...

Well, I kind of see your point. But you're not giving materialism a fair shot. Everyone knows a house with double, even triple the space won't buy you happiness. It takes an SUV and a plasma screen TV too.

Just kidding,



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