Super fantastic shiny things

 This is the same model of mobile phone that I use and have used for years!

Over the past 8 months I’ve been working with homeless people and refugees. Even the poorest people  in society think my phone is rubbish. I get no end of stick from my younger colleagues whom seem to have a new phone every other month.

Personally I’ve never really been into material things. I like my Harris Tweed jackets etc but they are all second hand.

Still, people tell me that their super-duper Apple phones and Android gizmo’s will make my life amazing.

Just like all the advertisements you see on TV where women with perky breasts and gleaming white teeth offer their immaculate children buckets of chicken, my joy will transcend all known pleasures.

The truth is of course, it wont. It’s a sad thing that so many people look for happiness in their material possessions. Indeed, it seems our entire culture and it’s economy is based on the pursuit of selling shiny things in order to find happiness.

I’m a very quiet rebel. I don’t want many things at all and I don’t believe that by owning a thing I will be any happier. I’d even go further than that and say  that happiness is all well and good, but I don’t obsess over it. If I am happy then all well and good, but, let it go, just like if I am miserable, oh well, let it go.

 

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About lordegburtnobacon
Greetings! I appreciate a fine Tweed and my hobbies include drinking heavily and acting. However I do not mix the two.

2 Responses to Super fantastic shiny things

  1. andershanssen says:

    Great post. I envy your detachement. I have unfortunately grown quite fond of my iPhone.
    On one side its a complete time-suck, on the other side, it may work even as a tool for spiritual cultivation, believe it or not.

    But it comes down to seeing the ephemeral in all technological distractions, and how they work as pollutants to the present moment.

    • I’ve always been the same to be honest and even my 10 year old boy has the same attitude. If you’ve never ‘needed’ you probably never will. I do take some delight in cold callers though who try to convince me to ‘upgrade’ (what a curious choice of words that is) to a newer model.

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