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The Pathos Of Things [Sep. 22nd, 2018|09:14 am]
Tony Grist
"If it weren't for me," says Ailz, "You'd be a hoarder."

Which is probably true. I hate to throw things away. Everything I own- down to the last stub of a pencil- will either "come in useful one of these days" or has sentimental associations. Or both. That saucepan for instance: it may have lost most of its non-stick coating- but it's still notionally usable- and- what is even more to the point- it's an old friend that has served me well. Think of all the nice meals I've prepared in it. Things have feelings, don't they?

On the other hand I'd be very happy to give it you if I think you can provide it with a good home. I'm not possessive. I just want the best for it.

[User Picture]From: topum
2018-09-22 09:10 am (UTC)
I am a complete opposite. I throw (or give) everything away as soon as I don't need it. I hardly even have "stuff" these days and I never miss having it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-22 01:11 pm (UTC)
I fantasise about owning nothing but a staff and a begging bowl- oh, and maybe a robe and some sandals.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2018-09-22 01:42 pm (UTC)
I am not ready to give up my bank account at all though. It is what makes all my "simplicity and minimalism" work, because it isn't cheap haha.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-22 02:40 pm (UTC)
I remember one of Gandhi's acolytes remarking that the Mahatma had no idea how much it cost in money and logistics to maintain him in his chosen "poverty".
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2018-09-22 06:24 pm (UTC)
Marie Kondo recommends thanking each thing that gave you service, before you give it away.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-22 06:45 pm (UTC)
I like it. I think we should treat everything with respect.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-09-23 03:34 am (UTC)

you are not alone there's a whole crowd of us

think of it as curating not hoarding
a sacred thread pulsing thru all things.

in japan there's the tradition
of harikuyo- the it reflects preciousness of ones tools
even down to broken pins- not wanting to have them come back
as monsters is a way of reinforcing the sacredness not just of the object but what you are doing with them the sewing the cooking

instead of just tossing cooking pots
I use them under the flower pots

Kintsugi the repair of pottery with gold

and I'm sure you've seen the work of repairing clothes
"https://visiblemending.com/' the guy who does sweater mending is amazing
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-23 07:47 am (UTC)

Re: you are not alone there's a whole crowd of us

I love these links.

My mother was a great one for mending broken pots- only she didn't use gold- just glue. When we moved in here the cupboards were full of things that had been inexpertly stuck back together.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-09-23 03:12 pm (UTC)

i'm glad you liked them

glue is a great thing
think mom saved a broke teacup for me
wonder if the sister tossed it before i could get it
she's like a living trash compactor

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