“I don’t mind feeling sad. Sadness is a lucky thing to feel. I have the same amount of happy and sad as anybody else. I just don’t mind the sad part as much; it’s amazing to have those feelings. I’ve always felt that way. I think that looking at how random and punishing life can be, it’s a privilege. There’s so much to look at, there’s so much to observe, and there’s a lot of humor in it. I’ve had sad times, I’ve had some hard times, and I have a lot of things to be sad about, but I’m pretty happy right now.”
Much has been written about the good and evil, the pros and cons around how we covet stuff. Most would agree that some degree of non-attachment is a virtue. It diminishes suffering and can increase our enjoyment of life.
But isn’t that just it? Isn’t the experience the main thing? Aren’t objects in our lives, be they “owned” by us, borrowed or happened upon, aren’t material things really there as tools for experience? They’re means, not ends. (more…)