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