Originally Posted by StephenHero
This is too great to ignore. You rent a one bedroom apartment for fuck's sake. What makes you think envy rolls of my lips for that
, especially as it's apparent there are numerous folks far wealthier around here I don't roll my eyes at? You're barking up the wrong tree if you think any sort of personal insult about whatever "success" or wealth I don't have makes me feel less satisfaction in going about my life in my own manner without much concern for the validation one can apparently feel for having wealth and "success." I judge my life's success in more valuable ways. I'd be way more insulted if you claimed I was uncharitable.
You'd like others to think you don't care for money, but it is quite clear you are fixated on it: chiefly, in terms of how much others have to spend.
As for the "connection" bullshit you keep harping about: the degree to which anyone conflates it with sentimentality stems from the effort required to parse why your "connections" are any more legitimate than those you condemn as not being "connections" at all. You say that you only buy things you have "connections" with, in that you truly "like" them, yet you arbitrarily assume that others aren't doing exactly the same thing.
Your self-contradiction and inconsistency is patently obvious based on the interiors you admire. Somehow, in those cases, carefully laid-out coffee table books on modern/contemporary furniture constitute "honest living" and reflect what the anonymous owner must have a "connection" with.
No doubt you will attempt to steamroll over any rational debate with some childish burst of attitude that you hope others will mistake for bravado.