Question of the Day 10 April 2013 ~POSSESSIONS

Do you feel inhibited by your possessions,
and do you think they are an obstacle
to experiencing real freedom?
Frank Lloyd Wright once wrote,
“Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.”
Someone else : ) once said,
“It’s not until we’ve lost everything that we are free to do anything.”

Possessions certainly require care.

And possessions deliver a degree of security.

Having our house, freehold, and the half acre of garden, and all the tools in the garage/workshop, give me a confidence that my short term survival needs are taken care of, and that I can focus most of my energy on the long term needs of humanity and life.

It was quite an interesting sensation 3 years ago to accept that I would probably be dead in a few weeks from advanced aggressive cancer. I did not expect to survive at that time. I spent a week living from a very short life expectancy, before generating the possibility of longer life.
Possessions didn’t mean much then, other than as tools for the welfare of my family.
My own prospects were so poor, that I was not willing to spend the small resources of the family on myself, but rather conserved them in case I failed. So in that sense, I let go of all possessions.

Without clothing, I would die here, it is too cold. My survival is linked to technology and social networks. So no, I would not feel at all free without possessions, I would feel very vulnerable.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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