Re: Living Below Your Means (was: Re: The Pause that Refreshes)

Date: Sat Jun 10 2000 - 17:30:36 MDT

In a message dated 6/5/00 3:45:10 PM Central Daylight Time,

> I wonder if extropians have resistance to consumerist memes, if only because
> we pay attention to information sources other than consumerist media?

On a personal level, I struggle mightily with consumerism: I am an inveterate
"gadget head" and have some fairly expensive tastes in a few dimensions. I
AM better than I was about this a few years ago, though, being able to simply
tell myself "no" more effectively now than formerly when I feel lust for some
new gizmo erotically portrayed in an advertisement. Ironically, Moore's Law
has been helpful in this regard: I've found that telling myself that I can
get twice the functionality at half the cost in four years keeps my credit
card in my pocket pretty effectively.

       Greg Burch <>----<>
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        "We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know
        enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another
       question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species."
                                          -- Desmond Morris

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