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vruba:

I run into some version of this essay by some moneybags twig-bishop about once a year, and it bugs me every time.

Here’s the thing. Wealth is not a number of dollars. It is not a number of material possessions. It’s having options and the ability to take on risk.

As with carrying, so with owning in general. Poor people don’t have clutter because they’re too dumb to see the virtue of living simply; they have it to reduce risk.

When rich people present the idea that they’ve learned to live lightly as a paradoxical insight, they have the idea of wealth backwards. You can only have that kind of lightness through wealth.

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    I must have reblogged this before, but I’ve been thinking about it since I first read it nearly a year ago + wanted to...
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    +1 to this, the faux-enlightenment about living with less ‘things’ that I consistently see being presented really pisses...
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    I am still in favor of decluttering one’s life and ridding oneself of unnecessary possessions, though the kind of...
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    This ins down something that’s been bothering me for a while, thank you.
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    THIS SO MUCH
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