Collectors collect anything - from vintage cars to Murano glass - and their particular obsession can be rationalised as a hobby or interest.
But what about people who are not "collectors" but "unable to throw outers"?
While to have only what is necessary is the first rule of morality, most people surround themselves with a pile of unnecessary things. Forgivable if looking at them gives joy or if they are a back-up for some item that may break down. But despite all the excuses, we are still surrounded by unnecessary STUFF.
The problems with stuff are many:
- It occupies needed space.
- needs to be dusted.
- needs to be protected and insured.
- complicates life.
- is a cause of dull care.
For instance, is it necessary to keep all your dead mother's bibs and bobs - just because she cherished them? And what about those fifteen albums of her overseas tours? Can you bear to throw them out? They were, after all, her security blanket - not yours.
What about your late father's rather bad attempts at oil paintings? You detest them but he did them and you want to be loyal to his memory don't you? As for their cherished dinosaur lounge suite and tizzy lamps!
We suffer from stuff. Reducing it to the simplest statement, freedom consists in having no more than you need.
And inner freedom?
The analogy continues....