Possessions reflect who you are or wish to be – their nature, their quality, their perceived desirability – reflect upon the character, morals and principals of the owner or custodian. Possessions evoke a dependency upon them as well as imposing obligations upon the possessor. Whilst a Thing can sometimes give pleasure, maybe even a sense of wellbeing, it is also true that the weight of the responsibilities of ownership are often greater than any reward they bring.
Having possessions makes it impossible for a Human Being to simply Be.
Possessions extend the footprint of an individual beyond the outline of their existence. However, a paradox exists in that Things are unto themselves, they are their own entities, and as such no-one can entirely own them. Similarly, a possession that lives – a pet, a slave, an employee – although perhaps regarded as an asset of the employer, owner or nation state, can never truly be possessed outright because inevitably the spirit of the Thing remains of itself.
Possessing one Thing, no matter how small or insignificant, makes a person, and everything that person does, visible to the world at large. The greater the number of possessions for which a person is responsible, the larger is the impression that individual makes and the more that individual must expend to preserve any kind of privacy or normality.
In general, wealthy people accumulate more, they consume more, it is impossible for them to hide or fade into the background and so they gather people to them in ever increasing numbers. They have more of everything including enemies to the extent that, at times, it must feel they are being subsumed by their possessions and by the responsibilities and obligations they bring. In this way owning Things exposes and enfeebles them.
The wealthy are made weak by their possessions.
And, the weakest of them all are those who love an excess of possessions and develop covetous obsessions about those belonging to others.
It’s hard to feel sorry for them though.
© Rod McRiven 2017