In a Buddhist sense, it was the manifestation of at least the first two of the Four Noble Truths: desire drives us forward, but satisfying desires is never enough in itself, since it either leads to wanting that satisfaction again, or desiring a different satisfaction, one that might be better, more alluring.
Having always had a political leaning that would best be described as left-wing, these events made me ask various questions:
- How is ever greater consumption compatible with a sustainable economy and environment?
- Why do I have to upgrade my computer/television/car/life every year?
- The 100 Things Challenge came along at just the time I was thinking about these things, and fitted neatly into these concerns.
- Are we the things we own?
- Is this the best way to live?
- Are we liberated or constrained by things?
- What do things mean in a digitally connected society?
The 100 Thing Challenge came along at just the time I was thinking about these things, and fitted neatly into these concerns. These are deep philosophical questions, but the 100 Thing Challenge provided a practical way of exploring them.