“While modern capitalism constantly develops new needs in order to increase consumption, people’s dissatisfaction remains the same as ever. Their lives no longer have any meaning beyond a rush to consume, and this consumption is used to justify the increasingly radical frustration of any creative activity or genuine human initiative — to the point that people no longer even see this lack of meaning as important.” - Pierre Canjuers, Socialisme ou Barbarie #27

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Unshopping

This afternoon I took an old netbook, tablet and video camera to Cash Generator, and handed them over to a muscular chap in a cheap blue tee-shirt, thereby generating some cash. £65, to be exact. That's not a lot of money really (although it does buy 280 tins of ADLI baked beans, or 3 day's rent, so I suppose it's all relative).
 
It felt great. Not the cash-in-hand part, so much as the getting rid. Three less things to own. Three things that had just been shelved, perfectly functional but already replaced. Now they've been replaced again. Not by money as such, but by time. And space.