#On Repeat: On Needs

Wants. Needs. Desires if you will.

We no longer differentiate what we want from what we need.

To expand and explain. I have £500 watch. (Its not worth £500 now but it was when I bought it) It’s the most “Luxury” thing I own. I need to tell the time. I wanted a good looking watch. I desired a Swiss watch because it was grown up’s watch and “MANLY” but I knew I didn’t need a Swiss watch. I knew I didn’t even need a watch because we are surrounded by clocks. Clocks on walls, on phones, on billboards, on screens. I could go without a watch quite easily never mind going without a Swiss watch.

Even then my mothers voice in my head made me buy a discontinued watch on a discount from a second tier watch maker rather than a bling-bling name. I wear it because it feels reassuring to wear something solid and well built rather than plastic-y. Even after all that I don’t wear a months salary on my watch and don’t wear gold on my fingers. Indeed Its asceticism in spirit if not in deed.

If you confuse your needs with your wants and desires you are are a slave to your ego.

We live in a world where no-one thinks they have enough.

Those “without” – think they need what they haven’t got. They are right.
Those “with” – think they need something better than that which they already have. Therein lies the problem. There is enough to go around but those “with” don’t share because they can’t tell their needs from their desires.

People need food. Certain heartless politicians will tell you that they don’t need to eat lobster or have refrigerators. Needs are absolute, the means to satisfying them change over time. Lobster used to be the garbage bottom feeder fish that was thrown at the slaves to eat and now its on the top table and the slave descendants are queuing up for (Processed) beef.

I went Sunday without eating for my own reasons, practical and spiritual. I had a meal of vegetables Saturday evening and ate nothing till this afternoon on Monday when I broke down and had myself a big fat tuna pizza.

24 hours on tea, water and protein shakes. You know you’re hungry when you’re watching Bear Gryll’s on TV and the wild animal he’s skinning looks good.

I was out walking and it occurred to me that there was last thing I owned which I could make do without and it was my watch. I was passing by a pawnbroker and went it on a whim to sell it. I would have to but their “watch” guy was out of office for the long weekend. But it’s a nice feeling of clarity to know I’m not attached to the watch on my wrist.

A guy told me one time, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”

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15 thoughts on “#On Repeat: On Needs

  1. “Even then my mothers voice in my head made me buy a discontinued watch on a discount from a second tier watch maker rather than a bling-bling name.” LOL. I know that West Indian/Caribbean mother’s voice all too well… 😁

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  2. I’ve experienced that heat literally. A bush fire was 600m from our home last summer and getting out quickly was made quicker when I realised nothing material was needed. In planning for a fire response though, I’d stressed about how I could gather all the ‘important’ and ‘irreplaceable’ items quickly enough.

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  3. “you confuse your needs with your wants and desires you are are a slave to your ego.” Great line & checking out all of RJD2 thanks to you. Your music collection must be colossal Smiley! You got an incredible ear.

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  4. This is such a good message and beautifully written. Mine will be that voice echoing in their ears as they grow up! Their dad and I try to explain the significant difference between ‘need’ and ‘want/desire’ to our youngest two. They’re kids so don’t always get it, but they try hard and that’s a great starting point. I too have to try hard sometimes. The world throws things at us from every angle about what we must have, need, can’t live without and immediately follow it with images of the starving, those fleeing from war torn countries and more.

    Thanks for this eloquent reminder that there is SO many things more important than, well, THINGS!

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  5. Oh and thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your ‘likes’. Really appreciate it though feel a little embarrassed at receiving your last one on BUGs,mAn Introduction. Had the settings all wrong and it posted way befor I’d finished, oops, lol! But thanks again anyway 😊

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  6. 24 hours on tea, water and protein shakes. You know you’re hungry when you’re watching Bear Gryll’s on TV and the wild animal he’s skinning looks good.

    Haha. OMG. That was a good one 😀

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