Oh, good. Another reference to “you can’t be happy (or human) without stuff”.
Needs an edit button….
Yes, I know where this is headed. But that idea still annoys the crap outta me.
It’s what Bud sees humans doing. It makes sense to her, even if she doesn’t know why people buy furniture. Er, -excessively- buy furniture. I do like my bed and lamp.
not to mention it IS human nature to gather thigns… not even just to own but for function for want for need for lots of reasons… if someone had nothing but a 10×10 foot room with nothing in it, not a bed, etc… and they jsut laid on the floor… it seems in human to have NOTHING. doe we need to be as materialistic as many humans are? no. but he have to have stuff we call our own.
Materialism is a part of nature. Many birds gather materials to build and adorn their nests, often resorting to theft. Adelie penguins prostitute themselves in exchange for small stones used for nest construction. But the idea of property and possession became truly prevalent in humans with the shift from a hunter-gatherer into an agrarian society. In small tribal groups, possessions could be shared but with a change in society came a change in culture, new rules, “thou shall not steal” not the least important among them. As long as we are bound by physical form and dependant on material objects, materialism as a life philosophy simply will not disappear, nor should it. After all how many artifacts of human culture, works of art and such, were created simply for the express purpose of gaining profit? Great paintings originally created only to be sold. Sculptures that are nothing more than an idealised representation of a generous donor. Great works of architecture meant to inspire awe and envy. I would go as far as to say, that without materialism there would be no human culture whatsoever. Indeed there would be no humans, but instead some other creature, similar only in shape and appearance, but completely different in thought and emotion. Materialism is part of who and what we are. As with all things it has a good and a bad side. But one should never be quick to dismiss it out of hand. That just shows a shocking naivety.
Yeah, baby!! IKEA for the win!!
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