I started a post a while back (http://307andbeyond.tumblr.com/post/29932422392/old-but-not-broken-a-while-back-i-blogged-about) and I intended for it to be part of a series. As these things always seem to go I got distracted – as such I have yet to revisit the topic. A good church sermon and a well-timed email from Patagonia about their common trends initiative (http://www.patagonia.com/us/common-threads/), however, have reminded me of the topic.
The foundation of my prior post was my weariness with American’s wholesale acceptance of idealism that pushes the NEED to upgrade every time the newest thing comes out. It has created a dependency on STUFF. What ever happened to the idea that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” - My feeling is that we lost this idealism when we started letting ‘stuff’ determine our happiness.
The worst part is that I have let myself fall into this trap. I, however, am tired and fed up with it. There is no happiness in ‘stuff’ – it just breaks, gets old, gets boring, becomes outdated, etc…
The important things in life love you back. When you keep yourself focused on love – particularly God and his love – you love people more abundantly and simply use stuff. But when you love stuff you lose sight of God’s love and you end up just using people to get ‘stuff’ – what a sad way to exist.
So I am checking out of modern idealism when it comes to stuff. Just like the old farm tractor – If it ain’t broke I won’t fix it