Monday, July 25, 2011

The Story of Stuff

Have you ever wondered what percentage of the stuff you own are actually used to its full potential or value? Looking at all of my stuff, I realized that I purchased stuff from maybe a year ago, or even months ago, but are "out of date" or "out of style" now. I began to realize, is it really "out of date" or "out of style"? or is it merely the mentality we have and the media influences that make us think that it's old?

I believe, we as a society, need to be more economical with the things we own, not be materialistic, and not be so influenced by the media and what businesses have to say about us. Watching ads can make us believe that we need that extra pair of shoes, or that facial cleaner, but will it really change who we are or make us happier? Most likely than not, the answer is no it wont.

So what can we do to jump out of the continuous cycle of purchasing unnecessary stuff? We can start by passing along this video to the people we know and love to educate them on the importance of being economical and environmental. We need to start by realizing that material belongings are simply materials, they usually provide a short term satisfaction because we feel bad after watching media ads that tell us to feel bad. We need to realize what makes us really happy is not the material belongings, or stuff, but the purpose that they are fulfilling. We need to be happy with the stuff that we have and not always look to have that new computer or new hand-held device. If the stuff you have works and does the job, than there is no reason to get a new stuff to replace it.

Think about the environment and the world we live in, help the planet and help ourselves by being more economical and modest. Look for ways to reuse and reduce waste and help the organizations that encourage modest consumption and living. 


  1. Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That's all, a little place for my stuff. That's all I want, that's all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody's got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that's your stuff, that'll be his stuff over there. That's all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That's all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house. You could just walk around all the time.

    A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you're taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody's got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn't want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you're saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get...more stuff!

  2. Famous words from George Carlin