Kaitlyn Fox

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As this great idea becomes the lifestyle of many, what happens to those who don't change?

You should probably watch the suggested TED talk before you read the question.

As this great idea becomes the lifestyle of many, what happens to those who don't change?

For example, I'm from a family of 6, so we can't exactly live like that. So some people may change, but what will happen to the people who don't change? Is there a better alternative? A helpful answer would be examples of other alternatives, or a way you have come up with that is similar to this idea.

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    May 1 2012: There's a bit of a conflict here. Some people who hoard a lot of stuff may bring it out again after 5 or 10 years, when it comes back into fashion, or when they have time to go back to a hobby, ot to pass on to a new generation.

    A disadvantage of paring posessions down to the current essentials is that it can involve more buying and getting rid of things, creating a greater demand for the earth's resources.
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    May 1 2012: Hello Kaitlyn, Welcome to TED!!

    From watching the video Graham gives us some good advice.

    1. Edit (get rid of things you do not need)
    2. Think before you buy. Do you need it, or do you want it?

    This advice is good for all families.

    Some parents love to buy things, and their kids grow up loving to buy things too.
    But, it is important to know the difference between buying what you need, verses buying what you want.

    Every one is free to choose their way of life, I guess you cannot really think too much about the people that don't change.

    But YOU can certainly change and set the good example for others.

    The question is will YOU??

    How do you like Germany? Hope you are keeping in touch with your old friends. Let your teacher know that we admire him for exposing all of you to TED.......I am also a teacher...elementary school.

    Be Well,

    Mary, from Florida
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    Jun 1 2012: What happens to the stingy people is that like all others theyage and then die and take their ways with them. Generally a new generation with greater insight takes their place.
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    May 2 2012: buying unnecessary stuff is like heroin. it gives you an immediate high, but in the long run, it does not make your life any better or easier, rather, causes addiction. but we use so many heroins. tv is heroin. sex is heroin. work can be heroin. coffee is heroin. political activism can be heroin. games can be heroin. relationships can be heroin. partying definitely can be heroin. choosing immediate but not lasting joy is widespread in our lives.

    and not necessarily something we need to combat. i mean, do we always want to say no to temptation? can't we have an icecream sometimes even during a low calorie diet? unless we do something really stupid, we are allowed to be weak from time to time. it is okay. just keep it in check. let it be a conscious decision.
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      May 2 2012: Hmm... interesting perspective. Did you look at the related talk? You may also want to look at Michael Norton: How to buy happiness.