I’ve become increasingly overwhelmed by all the stuff one can buy here. Electronics, cars, food of all kinds, pots and pans, nick-knacks, shoes, beaucoups (boo koos) of clothes ranging from haute couture to used and everything in between; anything and everything you could ever want. There is so much shopping to be had, but do I really need it? I can’t really justify any of these purchases I’ve considered making for myself. Buying gifts for other people is all fine and dandy, but I can’t help but to think that buying things for myself is nothing but selfish. I get so pissed that millionaires don’t spread the wealth, yet here I am considering buying things and doing exactly what they’re doing: spending money selfishly…Hong Kong is very fashionable and trendy, so it’s a little difficult to ignore the fashionable people since they’re everywhere. It’s a little difficult to overlook the malls and stores. It’s a little difficult to avoid finding myself tempted into buying stuff (especially since I can spend a lot of money and still wind up with more money in the bank than when I left america [I mean we’re talking tens of hundreds of dollars, you dig?]).
I’ve become desensitized to people calling me weird, so shouldn’t I take it a step further by becoming a radical? Do I have to succumb to society, or is it possible to live in a materialistic world and still stand strong in my beliefs?
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow – Jim Hightower
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society – Mark Twain
Hopefully over the next few weeks I can stave off any temptations to buy threadz for myself. Perhaps I should reread On the Road or any number of Beat authors or Mark 10:21 or Mark 12:43-44…
Lunar New Year is on Thursday. Starting tomorrow, I don’t have class until next Wednesday. During this time I will do some stuff, and that’s exciting. Temples, flower markets, parades, fireworks, horse races, floats, etc. et. al.
P.S. Today is Feb 1. January was a good month, and I went through a lot.
P.P.S I walked by an optical shop and checked out their prices for Rayban Wayfarers. 4500 HKD = 577.5 USD. I’m pretty sure even the most expensive Raybans only cost ~200-250 USD in amurica. Ok that’s all.