In times like this, should we question our own greed?

Photo by Juan S. Malo

The topic strikes me the most in times like this in the United States, and in the world. As renown author Donald Rothberg has stated, “Possess nothing that should belong to others”. Last year, I started the moving process to Spain; the bag allowance for my trip was one checked bag and two personal items (I chose to not pay extra for baggage fees and try to accommodate). As I started to pack, anxiety started to set in, I was seeing the number of things and the space I had, things were not going to fit in. Personal attachment to each thing started to arise as I started to think about the story behind each little object. The move is temporary with plans for a lengthy or definite stay, so anything that stayed behind would fall into storage for a long time or forever. So, this statement comes back to haunt me when I see the devastation people are facing in Texas, and in many poor countries around the world.

Transforming greed has many applications, however, my focus here on this article is to take a deeper look at the desire that starts to turn into greed because of our own fears. Fears that have turned into grasping or hoarding of belongings that we do not need.

Personally, since my experience last year, I have decided to reevaluate what I buy and what I have. I must confess that it is a process of inner work, learning to let go of things and its stories, knowing and accepting that we will be OK without them.

Imagine if we as a society changed the way we behave towards ownership of things, if non-attachment was a living practice, if people only had what they need. One thing that comes to mind as I write this is that, if society thought this way, what would happen to storage businesses? According to the below article 9.5% of US households rents a storage unit, there are approximately 124.6 million households in the US, that’s about 11.8 million households that rent storage units.

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