Saturday, March 9, 2013

The battle over stuff continues

A movie quote to start off:
Once more into the fray,
Into the last good fight I'll ever know,
Live and Die on this day,
Live and Die on this day.

At least that is what it seems like when I have to deal with my stuff.

What happens when you discover that you are the only person who cares about something? Am I the only person left who cares about the past?

When I decide to let go of stuff, will there be anyone left who is interested in my things?

For example, I like interesting cars, which just so happens to also be older cars. The number of people who also like the particular old cars I like keep dwindling each day till one day there are none left. Have you ever seen a 1961 Renault Caravelle?

It eventually seems as if I am the only one left who gives a damn about old stuff, but what happens when I stop caring? Do those things disappear entirely? Do they end up in museums? Am I just an unpaid museum curator?

What will happen to my 1963 Hughes Aircraft Industries Oscilloscope if I put it on the curb? Will it end up in the hands of someone who wants it or will it end up in the landfill or recycled? I look at it fondly and remember having fun with it, I appreciate the effort it took to construct, the craftsmanship in it's construction, the simplicity. Will anyone else appreciate it as much as I do?

Is it worth keeping things of my past simply because they are obscure or obsolete? Should I hang onto my Atari 2600 gaming console with joysticks and games because I enjoy it or because it would end up in an attic or basement of someone else to be forgotten forever or worse, to be thrown out with the trash?

Is there some sort of reward that comes from preserving old things for a lifetime? Will anyone care at that point in the future about old Ataris? old odd cars? or anything?

If I let everything go, will I feel free? Will it be worth it to not have these boxes of things from my past anymore?

Will I still be the same person without these things? 

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