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Careful With Luxuries

August 9th, 2012
People are always asking "how did I ever put up with that?" Now that we have a dishwasher I don't want to go back to washing up by hand. Now that I have a smartphone, the idea of waiting for a bus without knowing how long it's going to be sounds very unpleasant. Having a light laptop I don't know how I managed carrying around a heavier one. Things slip from luxury to necessity as I get used to them, but the peculiar thing is I'm not any (much?) happier. [1] Once something becomes a necessity it's very hard to give it up. Which means I should be cautious about accepting new luxuries.


[1] Not to imply that I'm unhappy; I'm lucky to have a good life and a high happiness set point. Just that I'm about the same as I was back when I didn't have any of these things I would hate to have to do without.

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