Jason
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Human Nature and wanting possessions What is it about human nature and wanting to own a lot of things to own big things or to own nice things? There is a general mentality that if we have a lot (clothes, vehicles, technological gadgets, money etc.), big things (a big car, a big house, etc.) or nice things (nice clothes, nice car, nice house, nice things inside of our house, etc.) that we are better people or we are more successful? Although we know this is not always true, we still pursue these things? Why is this? Why do we not wish for few things, smaller things, or things that are not so bright and shiny? 
Oct 7, 2016 4:37 PM
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Human are ambitious or in other words, we're greedy and jealous. It's normal we always strive for what we want but physical pursuit can't never satisfy us, that's why we need to associate our lives with spiritual pursuit. The most important thing is we don't cherish what we've already had. It's only when we lose it, we feel regret.

October 8, 2016
This is phenomenon called keep up with the Joneses. People always want something better than others. That has many disadvantages and advantages. I think the most important benefit is that keep the mankind go ahead. If people always want more than what their own, they will countinue to try and possess what they want. Think big, get big.
October 8, 2016


it's a form of violence...

violence before the law system invenction... (malinowski - antropology)

it's something scared people...

because is chaos... pure chaos...

(this is why societies have myths descrbe creation of order from the primordial chaos... and have sexual rites or festival rites where is symbolized the chaos for a night... the destruction that can regenerate the eternal born of  creation and order... )...


the interruption of the circle of violence is an essential point of a society...

(you can do it with human sacrifice - animal sacrifice - totem - cerimony - distniction between pure and unpure... and the sostitution of personal violence and revenge with and external artificial revenge like the law...  )...


and here....

you have your answer...

in modern time...


remotion of violence...

intellettualzation of violence...

narrative of violence...


it's another way to interrupt violence...


but really is not something have never stop to working in us...



October 7, 2016

countries were protestant they have this idea you describe...

a lor of thinker have work on the question...

connection is in the past...

is too long to explain and no hope there is possibile to have an agreement...

(we have lost in some point of the history the possibility to understand each others... at least we think... we imagine that we are able do understand each other...)


i explain you how is modern concept of everything...

i take liberty...

for my example how is demential everything we can think...


if you have 100 of liberty..

and you have ten people...

they can't have all of then 100 of liberty...

but its' exatly what the system thell them...


you liberty is without limits...

expecially after the 1968 revolutions...

but nevertheless...

real things is you have 100 in the dish...


and you can have...


100 for one and zero for nine...

you can have ten for everybody...

you can have other compositions...


but not... we spread in the new orwellian generations.. that everybody can have 100 of liberty...


now real question is why people really want something...

that usually they don't need...


the asnwer is in imitation...

concept you see in antropology...

Renè Girard for example...


people want what they see another person have...

it's a sort of primordial envyy...

that is part of our primoridal capacity to imitate what we see....


so... really you feel better not because you have something...

itself things don't have valours...

you feel better because you have something another person don't have or don't have anymore...








October 7, 2016
I see nothing wrong with it, Jason. It's absolutely natural when people want to get better, to live better, to enjoy their lives. Don't you want to?
October 7, 2016
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