When we could purchase something just as good for much less money? It’s a good question to ask ourselves as Valentine’s Day approaches.

Part of this has to do with how it makes us feel. There was a joke going around in newly-rich, post-Soviet Russia that went like this: One man shows another man his watch and brags about how much he paid for it. The other man replies, "I know where you can get the same thing for even MORE money!"
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Capitalism would die if we didn’t, but it doesn’t do much for our spiritual life (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). As "Black Friday"–the biggest shopping day of the year in the US–approaches, it’s something to think about.

In the Guardian, Heidi Moore quotes British comedian Louis CK as saying, "We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots."

Moore quotes product designer Thomas Wensma as saying, "We want something new, something pretty, the next shiny thing." read more