Originally Posted by Huntsman
Humble student's budget doesn't allow me the luxury of going to Savile Row to get a suit, and I like wearing suits though I don't like wearing (or owning) anything with no humanity invested in it, like some fused Mani garbage. I wear suits to work and to class all the time, for no reason other than my own joy. However, I have the added filip of partaking in the general consumerist society as little as possible. Really the only new things I buy are electronic devices and items that do work for me (pots and pans, &c). Most of my 'things' are handmade or antique. I don't like purchasing things that really had no care invested in them, but are merely the product of a bunch of people who crank whatever it is out the same as they would crank anything out (not their fault of course). So I buy a fifty year old suit or an eighty year old tux that was cut and tailored by hand, and in some sense that craftsman lives on. I'd hope he would be pleased to see his work still bringing someone satisfaction and compliments. I like pejseak's point, and would add that engaging in consumerist mediocrity does rather condone it, which I prefer to avoid. I do not, however, buy used shoes. I don't like feet. Regards, Huntsman
Your statement is a bit flawed, because if you purchase new electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, stereos and tv's), how much care is invested in these mediocre things that are obsolete by tomorrow. We really have no other choice when it comes to mass produced consumer items, except to not purchase them, and then only at the expense of our loss of convenience. I appreciate tyour sentiment to want to preserve the joy one gets out of a bespoke garment, even if it was made for someone who is now deceased. As for consumerism, without it the world would be a very poor place. Rampant consumerism, which is a masked term intended for envy and greed, is an undersirable quality in any person. If one eats at a McDonald's or Burger King, or Cheesecake Factory, is he merely eating a meal because he is hungry, or is he really endorsing mediocrity? Could be both. Best regards, Carey I like civil discourse.