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Stuff Everyone has it everyone wants it everyone needs it A sweeping generalization I know But think about itits true isnt it We see we want we buy We incorporate these things into our lives As documentary Consumer Kids puts it From cradle to grave from birth to death we are made to be a part of this enormous consumer culture But in the end what does it all mean Why do we spend so much of our time effort and money to obtain these things that really dont mean a thing at all Some would argue that these things that we constantly surround ourselves with in actuality do mean something In Joan Krons article entitled The Semiotics of Home Decor she analyzes the way that Americans are so attached to their things because they are extensions of the self Kron 133 Upon reading this quote for the first time I scoffed and thought How ridiculous My things are not a part of me and I dont need them to establish who I am Kron continues and quotes Georg Simmel writer of The Philosophy of Money as he states that Humans tend to integrate their selves with objects 133 The idea of incorporating our things into who we are is about as old as time itselfeven cavemen probably had rocks that they loved and considered to be a part of them The truth is that this idea is most likely hard to own up to Although it seemed a little preposterous at first as I continued to read the article I realized that she was more right than I initially thought But why Do our things make us feel better Look better Seem better to those around usThe answer to all of those questions is yes Things make us feel better because objects that we own are an extension of our own control There are plenty of things in this life that we have
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