there is nothing bad about consumerism. it helps the economy, creates jobs for others out there, and funds creativity!posted almost 8 years ago
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oh, i’m not saying consumerism itself is bad (well, in excess, it could be…). i’m just unsettled on the issue of using commodities as a way of defining oneself. i mean, by allowing objects – which, in and of themselves, have no value (until we assign or give it to them) or identity – to constitute a part of who i am as a person…the concept is disjointed. and yet, i am still caught up (or, rather, actively engaged) in this process without fully understanding why. this is where the tension lies, for me.posted almost 8 years ago
i don’t see a problem with commodities defining who you are, in part, of course. we need these commodities to express creativity, although there needs to be balance in all things. if one becomes focused to the point of obsession with these things, then a problem arises and adjustment in thinking is necessary. just have fun with styling yourself. you sound so stressed out.posted almost 8 years ago
i dress to make myself look presentable to others as a way of showing respect to others and i do feel that others need to care about public appearance as a way of showing respect to those around them.
since i can’t afford to go online and get new stuff all the time, i tend to buy things that absolutely look good on me. cuz sometimez i tend to buy things like that i’ll never wear when i get home cuz they look ridiculous. so for me clothing is a way of expressing myself, but it is also to show that i care about how i present myself. cuz sometimez i do wonder about why that person on the bus is wearing soemthing htat is definitely unflattering on he/she.
What you wear can be a facade as to who you are. I’m sure that everyone that sees me, that doesn’t already know me of course, thinks that I’m “intimidating” or “stuck up” because of what I wear (i.e. all black, heels). In actuality I find myself fairly outspoken/outgoing. My bf told me the first time he saw me looking at ACT/SAT prep books he wanted to know me because I looked “mysterious”. On the other hand, I remember my freshman year I wore all these bright colors, had my hair long and flowy and my ex told me that I looked really down to earth and bubbly. So of course the way you present yourself will give a first impression, but it shouldn’t alter the way you want to dress or rather, what flatters you. The way you dress could symbolize something about you, just not everything. People should take time to get to know you instead.posted almost 8 years ago