Shortie

April 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm (Personal Blog, Uncategorized, When in South Africa, Wisdom for Tomorrow) (, , , , , , )

I just saw a bit of a program on E! about people that buy desserts for 25 000 $ American, take baths in Evian water and have diamonds rubbed on them. It made me frustrated. I also became frustrated when a classmate of mine casually spent money on buying the Microsoft office package alongside his new mac book.

I don’t have much money, i couldn’t afford to do what my classmate did. And yet i can’t find ways to spend it. When i do spend my money, i want it to be meaningful.

I do pirate things, but then i buy everything that i actually like or need, when i can afford it. Every now and then i make an attempt to stop pirating but bad experiences prevent that from happening. I would buy something without the possibility of properly previewing it and end up being disappointed.

I used the Open Office package because i found it better than the popular microsoft alternative up until the 2007 version. Now it actually offers something which Open Office doesn’t, like a better layout and a pleasant usability (i haven’t thought what it is that does it exactly, i should), but i’m not convinced yet it justifies the 2000kr price tag as opposed to the Open Office alternative.

Spending money in a meaningful way is hard in a capitalist society, where a lot of commerce is based on accidental buys and the power of marketing which encourages you to spend your money on things that you don’t really want or need.

With all this enforced on me by media and my co-dependent personality, it is hard for me to know what it is that I really want.

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2 Comments

  1. Quasi said,

    You do make a good point, but what I wonder about is what you mean by “meaningful”
    As long as you’re happy about what you bought, shouldn’t that be enough? And I don’t mean by randomly buying stuff when you see it… I mean when you’ve decided you want a certain item, doesn’t it become meaningful in some sense?

  2. The Master said,

    Total win on the fact that you got frustrated on your friend buying microsoft office with his mac. Loved the way you said “casually spent”. You caught all my feelings about ms office in two words!

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