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Posted on Mon, Jun 05, 2006 07:40

Hello All, I hope to start a good dialogue about people and how a lot of them try to validate themselves by aquiring certain posessions. I think that spirituality has been eroding in the USA and we are becoming products of marketing. It seems like most marketing companies try to condition us to place our value system for ourselves on their products. While that is nice for the business I think it will have bad long term effects on our society as a whole. SO, I'm not a "stay in a 5-star hotel" guy. I prefer off the beaten path. I don't HAVE to eat at the finest restaurants even though it can sometimes be fun. I'm not going to buy a castle in Italy just because it'll impress people. And I will not buy a bigger lawnmower than my neighbor just to show him up (lol). So, if you are a person who realizes that you validate your existence off of material possessions that is fine. But, if you don't realize it then please think about it and make your own choice. Break away from the herd and be your own man or woman. I wish you all the best of luck.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 11, 2006 22:11

Good point willprt. Delicious sarcasm too lol. For some reason I think MM is different than say sugar daddie. There everybody is up front about what kind of relationship they want. MM seems different though. Its more of a community and I even forget the millionaire in MM. Anyways, great sarcasm, i like it and you make a very good point ;) It was kind of silly for me to post my diatribe on material possessions on this site lol.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 11, 2006 06:49

Hi angelgirl1480, I went out of my way to mention that there is no problem with it. If that is what you want, great! Its just that some people get caught up in the rat race for validation. I wanted to get those who are caught in the material possession current to realize they are caught in it and figure out if they want to be. You realize you are and you enjoy it, great! I'm very happy for you and I respect that you know where you are. My post was intended for those people that just sort of float through life never really sticking in one place or never feeling like they belong. You have to acknowledge your self-worth to yourself first (not saying YOU angelgirl1480, YOu as in the general reader). I am not judging anybody, just promoting awareness of self. I am a direct person so sorry if I offend anybody (but not really, lol).


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Posted on Thu, Jun 08, 2006 18:38

I like your posting - a lot of folks (myself included of course) should think about this stuff more than we do. I know when I travel I use the 'keep it simple' mantra as an opportunity to try and 'discover' what it is I really need. Some of my friends (esp my female friends) laugh about how no matter where the destination or how long the trip, I always get the things I bring down to one suitcase (or backpack preferably) - this true even on European trips of more than a week. I'm not saying I can live this way all the time but simplifying in all areas of my life usually only has positive results. I recently tried to explain to my kids about 'consumption' and how our country per capita is far and away the largest consumers of all resources; what really is the difference b/w wants and needs. . . .etc. I hope they do better by our planet than we have. Oh, and yes, to conclude this commentary and brand myself as the obvious liberal I am, yes, I do drive a Prius and I'm very pleased about it but hopefully not TOO preachy - I know there is something of a backlash right now about Prius folks ("pious" is the term?) but I wonder how much of that is a bit of envy from my SUV and humvee friends (I'm everyone's 'token liberal' friend actually) given how high gas prices have risen : ) . . . .


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