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Subject:  Re: The New Luxuries Date:  10/13/2000  4:25 PM
Author:  adsach Number:  21678 of 795039

Mr BigPantsMatt posted:

I argue that luxury can most definately be purchased with a credit card. Consider this most fundamental luxury: the opportunity for self-expression. With a credit card I can afford to do things I enjoy, like learning to snowboard, or visiting distant friends, or buying a DV camera and making movies. Luxury can be based upon ownership of material goods, but not just for the sake of placing them on the mantle or parking them in the garage. Rather, material goods act as tools to help extend our freedom and let us follow our dreams.

I agree with Matt that one form of luxury is the ability to purchase the tools of self expression. Even in my more 'back to nature' moods of stone sculpture, where I eschew using a power grinder and hand san<d a stone, I am thankful for the manual technology. I don't want to mine my own ore, to make my own iron, to forge my own chisel, even though I want to take said chisel and chip away at a rock I fished out of a streambed. And I sure don't want to make my own sandpaper. The credit card saves me from this.

But then, this comes back to time. The reason I don't want to smelt and forge my own tools is more the amount of time it would take to build the facilities to make the tools than any aversion to the actual