Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shopping


I was at REI today buying new trail shoes.
My Montrails are worn out and too dangerous for the steep slopes I hike.
Then I roamed the store looking for anything else to buy.
I haven't been to REI in a long time, but I couldn't find anything I wanted.
Apparently, abstinence led to reduced desire.

I pondered this as I stood in line to pay.
It reminded me of a tenet of Buddhism: desire leads to suffering.

And the irony...
I was suffering, as I stood there desiring to buy more stuff.  Any stuff.
Even though there was no more stuff I desired at that moment, the pangs of consumerism gnawed at me.

Epilogue:
I grabbed a magazine from the strategically located rack beside the checkout line.  Clever merchandising!

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