How to find balance between consumerism and materialism, and taking care of needs and appreciate quality/craftsmanship/design?
got me thinking. I often find myself asking if I really need to purchase this
particular item, be it clothes, food, books, music, gadgets, etc. I don't think I buy a lot of unnecessary things, my budget doesn't allow me to, but I find myself wanting
a lot and rationalize about buying them by telling myself that it's about quality, good design, craftsmanship, art/culture. However, I ask myself: isn't this just a more subtle form of consumerism?
I realize that certain things are essential for living a decent and meaningful life, e.g. clothes on your back, healthy food, books, etc. But where do you draw the line between needs (I really need this) and wants (Do I really need this)? For example, are expensive quality shoes about filling a need or just about wanting? How about kitchen accessories such as knifes or appliances that cost a lot? Or clothes made by indie producers (they do cost)? (These are just examples of things that I obsess about; i don't necessarily buy them.)
So I'm wondering how you people deal with thoughts like these
. Also, being a bookworm, I would really like to read some literature (preferably research papers) on the topic
that could bring clarity and needed perspectives. Thanks.