When we spend money, we thought we bought something. But recently, I realized it may be losing, in many cases. Here are examples.
Buying a Car
Ever since I bought my car, I felt more and more disconnected with this city. I don’t talk with people on the way home, and I don’t see anything new. I don’t observe, and I don’t hear anything. I am losing many things.
Hiring a driver
I hired a driver to send me to work. I started to lose even more. If I want to, I can argue that my life is no difference from a prisoner commuting from one cell to another, with just void in between.
Hiring an Ayi
With an Ayi, you don’t need to do the household work. You don’t clean the house, and you don’t need to cook – the best time for the family to chat, and to exercise.
Buying An iPad
Great, right? But you lose much more time living in real world. The game on iPad seems more interesting in physical games, and the email, twitter message and pictures are much more interesting than the world around you.
Sometimes, buying just means losing. Consider twice before you buy.
Very true. Men’s satisfaction does not come from material stuff – things that are seen.
If you believe you are genuinely “losing”, why not get rid of all this?
Good point, Brian. The awareness of losing something is the first step to get it back. The awareness of losing by buying is actually very counter-intuitive.