I don’t necessarily think that consumerism is bad. The difficulty is this:
Some stuff you buy actually improves your life, and some stuff doesn’t.
Through the last 10 years, here have been my best purchases thus far:
I’ve bought all this with my own money
- RICOH GR III [$890] and Ricoh GR II [$600]
- Lumix g9 [$999], Panasonic-Leica-Lumix 12mm f/1.4 lens (24mm full-frame equivalent) $1299, Rode video microphone with fuzzy wind jammer [$150]
- 13” MacBook Pro touchbar, refurbished, maxed-out [Apple Refurbished Online Store] ~$2500
- iPad Pro ($799)
- In-Ear monitor headphones (Shure makes them, for $99).
- Exofficio boxer briefs [$13]. I’ve literally bought around 15 pairs of these over the years and have traveled the world with them.
- Merino wool men’s leggings [$60]. I wear these everyday, and if I wanna cover my crotch bulge, I just wear black athletic shorts.
- Merino wool socks. ‘Darn tough socks’ on amazon is good.
- Kettlebell (70 pounder). Good for working out at home. You just need one. Pavel’s ‘Simple and Sinister‘ kettlebell book was a good read for me, both philosophically and practically. Basically the best workouts with kettlebell is the double-legged swing, the one-armed swing, then the ‘turkish getup’. Aim for around 100 reps of each (10 reps, rest, then do 10 sets).
A new consumerism?
Amazon will continue to conquer and dominate EVEN MORE as time goes on.
But my prediction is this:
As time goes on, we will become less and less material-focused. We will prefer the digital, the metaphysical … the experiential, or empowering/motivational ideas.
Some recommended books from HAPTIC DIGITAL: