What about objects that create experiences?
Rich Wilner
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This. Objects are the (semi-)permanent possibility of experience. The false dichotomy between objects and experiences is silliness. The entire point of purchasing objects is to have experiences! An over focus on experience over objects is the essence of disposable consumer culture, as evidenced by Altucher’s disposable underwear.

There are many experiences that are far cheaper to have by purchasing an object. For instance, the purchase of a kettlebell is about $50–100, and can be basically used forever to get strong and stay in shape, and far cheaper than visiting a gym. The purchase of a home is far less expensive in the long run than continual travel and Air BnB and provides for a continuum of experience, including such experiences as raising children or cooking meals with friends. The purchase of a television plus a subscription to Netflix is far cheaper than going out to the movies. And so on.

Altucher is not advocating for a frugal minimalism but a kind of object nihilism, a rejection of physicality and ownership in favor of borrowing and renting. But for what purpose? His lifestyle certainly doesn’t appeal to me.

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