#1
I've always thought about this, and it bothers me at times. What do our possessions mean to us, and why do a lot of us always strive to acquire more? Would I be just as happy if everything material that I value was taken away?

How materialistic are you? Discuss.
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#2
I think it's easy to think that you really don't care for material possessions when you aren't really in need of/want for nothing. I have always had plenty of clothes and so I have always thought it was odd when people around me would talk about getting new clothes like it was a big deal. While it may have been for them, I never saw it as a big deal because I was always more than taken care of in that regard. I finally started thinking about it and realized why they were acting that way, haha.

Some people do go to extremes that are beyond nuts though...sometimes this is unwarranted, but sometimes it is somewhat understandable. My dad is pretty into material stuff, but not only did he have a crappy home-life where he had very little (until my REAL grandparents adopted him), he also had what little he had taken and broken in front of him by his abusive older brothers. So, now he really enjoys being able to buy some crazy **** (although, he still donates and contributes to those less fortunate...he's a good guy).
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#3
the thing is: everyone wants everything. but once you have everything you become bored with it. the only exception might be david gilmour
#4
How materialistic am I, honestly?

Very.
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#6
I tend to give most of my things away to people who like them. Cds, books, movies, an amp and guitar once, my cymbals..

So. Not very..
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the thing is: everyone wants everything. but once you have everything you become bored with it. the only exception might be david gilmour



haha i was just rereading the guitar world issue on him and that is actually pretty true
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#8
Wow, I really didn't answer the question. I don't think I really know how materialistic I actually am, because I have never had all my possessions taken away from me. I would like to think I would be ok, but I really can't say for sure how I would react.
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#9
well, I don't really think I'm all that materialistic since I usually just want to buy stuff that would have a practical use in my life: food, maybe a new pair of jeans, a guitar that will fit my new needs as a classical guitar major (or have the current one fixed to accomodate such needs), new strings for my electric as well as an amp cable that won't act up every five minutes, fencing gear now that I started doing that and found it quite enjoyable, and perhaps an ipod; but i'm used to not having any of those, so I'll be good without them, except maybe the guitar thing... that is almost a must 'cuase it's getting increasingly hard to play on my guitar since it has SUPER high action

Also, the things I am most attached to are the ones that I have a most practical use for such as my guitars, my clothes, my laptop (in which I save every form of data that I need for long-term useage)
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#10
Most of the stuff I own I wouldn't have any qualms about dumping. None of it's really essential.

Plus, music isn't really a material, and that's all that I'm really attached to...
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you finally changed that quote to mIles davis, lol
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#12
Yep! And the other one back to "Voltaire."

I'm still calling for a recount, by the way.
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#13
I don't have an Ipod, an Iphone, or rather a good cell phone, I don't have an Xbox 360, and like 18ish shirts and like 4 pairs of pants and I'm fine. I don't ****ing care about materials, I hate how materialistic people are. It actually sickens me.
#15
With the Exception of Musical Equipment, I don't care for much of any other material possesions. And the only reason I'm materialistic about musical equipment is because the more gear you have the creative opportunities you have. All I ever carry on me is money, drug paraphanelia, and guitar picks.
#16
I will admit that i am quite materialistic.
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#17
I don't like materialism, but in todays world, what choice do you have? I still have a TV with words that go off the edge of the screen.
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#18
I'm very materialistic, yo. Material, impermanent possessions are all that make life worth living! Why, I couldn't be truly happy without all my shallow, instantly-gratifying possessions.

That wasn't sarcasm, either. :P
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#19
I am quite materialistic when it comes to guitar gear and instruments. Other than that, not very.
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#20
I live in the most materialistic place in the world.

It's on par with Beverly Hills. All the kids have iPhones and the newest ****.

I am not one of those people, although I do admire new things verrrrrrrrrrrrry occasionally.
#22
I try not to be...there isn't a lot of stuff that I'm attached to. I have a mobile which I use fairly regularly, I guess. But I don't really buy a lot of "stuff" so much...I don't buy clothes etc. CD's would be my main materialistic kind of thing, but I don't really have much else. A lot of what I do have I would give away in a heartbeat.

I saw a cool stencil spraypainted on a footpath near a local shopping centre.

"Support capitalism; buy more **** you don't need."

I salute whomever did it.
#23
im very materialistic when it comes to my guitar gear,everything else doesnt really matter anymore
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#24
Is it really materialistic when it comes to music instruments, when really, what's making you happy or feel good, is what's coming out of it, instead of the actual instrument itself?

I don't know, unless you're into rare, premium, solid wood, and a shiit load of abalone and inlays and gaudy stuff like that.
#26
well i'm one of the people who like to just go somewhere and get away from it, right now, my guitar and to a lesser extent my computer are what helps me get away.

but then again, that's not really materialistic, is it? i ussually lend out all the stuff i'm not using, if i'm gonna be using something then i dont lend it out becase, obviously, i'll be using it.

i'm not quite sure, maybe someone could answer this for me, do i seem very materialistic?
#27
I think materialistic is basing your happiness or well-being on materials. ^^I don't think you're materialistic.
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I think materialistic is basing your happiness or well-being on materials. ^^I don't think you're materialistic.


ah i see what you mean, thanks.