On Consumerism vs Minimalism
I will take the stance of Consumerism because I was a stockbroker trained in Wall Street and all the companies I’ve worked for run on the machine of Capitalism. So it will be ironic for me to say that I hate Capitalism because it has fed me and I just can’t bite the hand of the someone who fed me.
I love going to the malls. I love the physical sensation of having to try out first the goods that you’re going to buy rather than going through the hassle of returning it back to Amazon, if it’s the wrong fit. Online shopping is like sex with condom. You just don’t “feel” it. And I get bored at home! So should my life goal be, is to stay at home the whole day like a teenager who’s addicted to video games and plays the whole day? Going to the mall doesn’t bother me, what bothers me is when I don’t have money to buy anything at the mall.
If I am going to be a Minimalist, just like Marie Kondo, how can I try all the brands to determine which is the best? Like, how can I know which is better: Nike or Adidas, if I’m not going to try and buy both? You can only truly test a product if you’ve used them every day and not just a one time testing at the mall. You have to feel the wear and tear of the product. And I don’t like Nike anymore, because it has become so commercialized that the quality is no longer there. So you’re just buying the brand and the hype but no longer the quality. And I always go for comfort because I always travel. And I have a high arch feet and it often sores if I’m using the wrong type of shoes.
I am a day trader and I only trade for 1-2 hours and that’s it, I’ve made tons of money in that span of time. Should I join the protesters of “Occupy Wall Street” and blame everybody else except myself? Is that even productive? You can make money everyday in the market because the market always moves(except for holidays and weekends). And if I lose money in the market, I have nobody else to blame but myself because I am the one pressing the buttons of buy and sell. So once I made money in 2 hours, what the hell would I do for the rest of my day? Stare blankly in mid air? Stare at my money and not do anything with it? Of course, I will give to charity. And I will enjoy the money that I made as well. It’s a win-win proposition. I get to enjoy my life and help others as well.