RECENTLY ON TOL:
- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Thanks for bringing up this subject!!! Prompted to muse on my _motives_, I find that most of my not-so-necessary acquisitions serve my desire to express and/or attract friendship or support.
1) practical things, as a hedge against helplessness in case of personal disasters;
2) resources that I might be able to offer to other people -- not only to help them but also to make myself more desirable in their eyes;
3) things that are amusing, partly to entertain my solitary self and partly as a lure, a toy to attract playmates;
4) things that are clever, partly to honor their creators -- that is, create a sort of relationship with them, by expressing "I like you" won't you like me back?"
5) things that are unique or "lost", to befriend and rescue them from obscurity...
... and probably several other such reasons.
Ironically, of course the more things I acquire, the more un-attracting my personal environment becomes, and the more I _obscure_ who I really am, even from myself...
Eve in Beaverton.
posted 3 years, 6 months ago
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