17. Buy

Father and daughter.
2 min readDec 9, 2020

I am fed up with the buying philosophy of life.

Empty people filling their lives by doing things constantly and buying things constantly. People sharing the things they by on social media constantly. People sharing images of what they do, where they go, constantly. People you can not know anything about except their consuming habits and the places they go to spend their time and money. Not much else. Some activities are meaningful, and tell you a bit about their priorities in life, but that is all there is. People who are robots consuming and doing things. No reflection, no meaningful interactions, honest human interactions. It is a flat showcase of void activity and senseless consumerism.

I am fed up of the city we live in, a city which leads you to consume. Malls. Shopping centers. Paid activities. People’s favorite topic of conversation is what you bought, what you did, what you will do, what you will buy, what you will sell, what you will borrow, what you will buy second hand, what you will get rid of, what space left you have, what space you need to free. It is all about having and not having, buying and selling, doing and redoing.

There is absolutely no perspective, pause, and understanding of human condition.

I am surrounded by human beings who are choosing to act like robots. When robots become more present in our societies, these people will be totally disposable.

Dear daughter, do not forget to remain a human being. You can see the world from the eyes of a human being. Uncertainty, doubt, hope and poetry are totally fine. They will give meaning to your life. Buying and doing are not enough unless they are meaningful and serve your own purpose as a human being.

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Father and daughter.

Stay-at-home ex-pat father, following his wife work-post after work-post, struggling with parenting far from friends and family. And the son of divorced parents