A Materialistic Society?
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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: New York City
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i won't comment much about the problem posed becasue i think others have summed it up really well. one prinicple of buddhism is that desire leads to suffering. i think the advice of really paying attention to how you feel when you are in the process of compulsive shopping or any other out of control behavior is good adice to follow.
i started thinking about solutions though, and one thing that comes to mind is barter. i went to massage/chinese medicine school, and i bartered massage for a car once! i think the desire to have beautiful things (to walk in beauty) is natural, especially for those who are creative and artistic. why not exchange your handmade jewelry for someone else's vintage/designer dress, if you can agree on a fair exchange for both parties?
i am inspired by great design as much as anyone. i think making things myself as much as possible is a solution that works for me, in satisfying the desire to be surrounded by beauty and feeding my creativity in a positive feedback loop.
so many people here are so creative - maybe there are ways to support each other's creativity and our need for beautiful things in our lives?
Hurray for Craigslist!
P.S. Do you know that there are scholarly books written on the subject of gift economy?!
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