Despre dorinţa de a acumula cît mai mult:
That was a big problem for me when I had no money. I felt poor, and stuff seemed valuable, so almost instinctively I accumulated it. Friends would leave something behind when they moved, or I’d see something as I was walking down the street on trash night (beware of anything you find yourself describing as “perfectly good”), or I’d find something in almost new condition for a tenth its retail price at a garage sale. And pow, more stuff. In fact these free or nearly free things weren’t bargains, because they were worth even less than they cost. Most of the stuff I accumulated was worthless, because I didn’t need it.
Din unul dintre eseurile lui Paul Graham, cunoscut mai ales pentru Y Combinator, unul dintre cele mai importante “fonduri” (e un pic impropriu spus “fond”) de investiţii pentru startupuri în tehnologie (în general, seed funding, însă beneficiile sînt mult mai mari şi mai multe decît banii.
I think humans constantly scan their environment to build a mental model of what’s around them. And the harder a scene is to parse, the less energy you have left for conscious thoughts. A cluttered room is literally exhausting. (…)
The really painful thing to recall is not just that I accumulated all this useless stuff, but that I often spent money I desperately needed on stuff that I didn’t.
Cam asta ar fi.