I’m not doing that meme. For one thing, it makes no sense to me. I can’t even fig­ure out whose stan­dards it is using.

The big­ger rea­son, though, is that I refuse to buy into the notion that it’s bad or shame­ful to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor.

Con­spic­u­ous con­sump­tion is a prob­lem because it’s done sole­ly for the sake of con­sum­ing, for sta­tus. It isn’t evil to hire some­one to clean your house. It isn’t wrong to have more than one vehi­cle in a fam­i­ly or to own top-of-the-line prod­ucts. Buy­ing crap because it has a design­er’s logo on it is stu­pid, I’ll give you that. Buy­ing some­thing well-made because it will last longer than crap, whether it has a design­er emblem on it or not, isn’t stupid.

I do make fun of peo­ple who won’t wear any­thing BUT the “right” clothes, who wor­ry about dri­ving the “right” cars, and so on. They’re con­stant­ly try­ing to keep up with who­ev­er they see as hav­ing more sta­tus than they do while scram­bling to find some­one else to put down for not keep­ing up. What very expen­sive Habi­trails and wheels those are!

I’ll go on enjoy­ing being mar­velous­ly pam­pered, and pam­per­ing my loved ones at every oppor­tu­ni­ty. We may not have all the lux­u­ries some peo­ple have, but you bet­ter believe we aren’t ashamed of enjoy­ing what we have!

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂sat­is­fied
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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