As human beings we have an uncanny ability to collect and accumulate. Lets think deeply about this for a moment… We have been conditioned by our cultural environment and construct to collect and accumulate. If we are not accumulating materialistic possessions we are accumulating experiences. Perhaps the need to collect experiences is an underlying unconscious drive for the vast majority of the time and further, stems from our bodies, souls, spirits, etc needing to constantly evolve and devolve cyclically in order to gain what we are all ultimately searching for which is greater understanding or greater awareness.
But why the need to “hoard”. There are probably a number of factors: consumerism and the push from large corporations pressuring the consumer market through means of planned obsolescence. But allow yourself to go a step further in to time and observe our ancestors and what we know of them. Lets go back to our genetic lineage and trace our actions from there and how these actions have influenced our genetic code and perhaps even current behavioural patterns. You see what happens now is simply a repeat of what has happened throughout all of our existence, it simply presents itself relevant to the cultural context of today’s day and age. Back to our genetic lineage… In reality Palaeolithic human did not know when his or her next meal was going to be, life was dangerous and it was not scarce but it was difficult to survive, due to the lack of adaptation and evolution that had developed at that early stage. What we did figure out though was how to do the best with what we had and that was to accumulate and conserve, for this lead to a greater chance of survival. Interesting to contemplate, does it carry any relevance and truth to today’s world? I believe so, what are your thoughts? SS.