“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”
-Tyler Durden, Fight Club
If there is a better quote on the trappings of materialism I haven’t heard it. Too many men volunteer for a lifetime of wage slavery by buying things they don’t need and can’t afford, like a house or a wife. It’s great to have some choice nice things, but you never want to get to a place where your things own you. I could get up and go anywhere in the world tomorrow with everything I need and that’s an incredibly liberating feeling.