Collecting dust

With infinite spaces comes infinite hoarding. Space encourages us to consume, produce, and save everything. We try to fill every nook and cranny of a house with furniture and paintings like we do uploading files to Dropbox.

Hoarding is the paradoxical desire of collecting everything to own nothing. We keep building a massive repertoire with the excuse that one day we’ll go back and only keep what’s essential. But throwing away excess never happens without the added pressure of a significant change.

The process of elimination comes at the cost of severe stress. We wish to throw it all away and start over just to avoid the complications of sorting. It’s impossible to define what’s essential when there’s zero marginal cost to collect another item. Infinite space is a zero-sum game, especially in the digital world.

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