Limits of materialism.

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Limits of materialism.

Postby Burning Petard » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:28 pm

My wife and I saw the new Clint Eastwood movie 'Mule'. We liked it. Mr. Eastwood is an old man, driving a black Lincoln (either the Blackwood or Mk LT, I can't tell the difference) and loaded with hundreds of kilos of cocaine or heroin, transporting from Texas to Chicago. A scene shows him at a diner counter, drinking coffee next to a DEA agent who is heading a big team out looking for a black pickup, but ignoring a Lincoln driven by an old white man. The DEA agent gets a personal phone call about missing his wedding anniversary. Eastwood goes into a conversation with the agent, 'advising' him about the failure to pay attention to really important things in life while concentrating on work or ambition of public acclaim (Clintwood plays one who in younger years was the world's leading expert on breeding day lilies). At the end the old man tells him all this shit is worthless if you lose your family over it.

Not a new idea. I can even say it is a cliche. But have you ever heard this sentiment coming from one who has not already grabbed 'all this shit'?

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Re: Limits of materialism.

Postby Big RR » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:45 pm

I don't know, regardless of how much "shit" they amassed, I have never heard any older/retired person saying the career sacrifices were worth it compared with what they gave up. I t5hink it's a pretty common feeling to be bitter about what you gave up, especially if the financial success is not all that great. I'd be interested to see whether people who devoted themselves to their families, felt the opposite way; the only one I can think of is a friend who gave up his career to stay home and raise his kids (while his wife worked outside the home), and he appears to be very happy about it, after his kids are grown and have graduated college.
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