Cases, adapters, cables, chargers… it’s amazing how one item can involve numerous accessories.
Let me begin with a Zen reflection — a haiku that describes a perplexing and common dilemma:
We own to feel free
But possessed by possessions,
In short, the more we have, the more we need… because we need more stuff to take care of the stuff we already have!
Accessorize, accessorize…. Consumer culture constantly pushes us to acquire more. Our “things” need shelves, containers and replacement supplies. Rooms need furniture and decoration. Kitchens need appliances and cooking utensils. And don’t forget the various products and equipment needed to maintain our stuff and keep it clean!
You’ve heard that “nature abhors a vacuum”? Well, maybe nature doesn’t, but the human psyche does.
It’s funny how we think an empty space needs something to fill it. For example, we’ll put a table in an open area to “fill the void.” But we’re not content leaving the surface bare, so we then acquire a decorative piece, which in turn requires supplies for cleaning/upkeep… and this involves more accessories, gadgets, tools/parts and organizing containers… all of which necessitates additional storage space. So filling one empty space often has the effect of spilling into another, and having one thing can easily lead to acquiring something else.
It takes stuff to care for stuff — ownership can be a “slippery slope” where possessions are amassed at an exponential rate. Having less creates less, while having more creates more. In the vast ecosystem of consumerism, stuff begets stuff.
What we possess has, in its superfluous accumulation, the potential to possess us. So buyer beware — because if we allow it, what we own can become a demanding, insatiable master.
And isn’t our goal to be truly free?