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60,000 Thoughts & Things! What do we really need?

Dear TEDlers

I am from Switzerland and I write a Blog (in German) about media, innovation & inspiration.

I have a very interesting topic I recently found out about - after clearing out my Dad's apartment & making some research with friends:

*** 60,000 THOUGHTS & THINGS ***

In the Western World we possess some 60,000 things. Each one of us, on average. Fascinating – 60,000 is also the number of our daily thoughts, on average!

How many of those 60,000 thoughts are positive, inspiring, helpful? Only 3 – 5% on average, let’s say some 3,000 positive thoughts.

What about the rest? Almost 1/3 of our daily thoughts is neutral or helpful to others, and almost 2/3 are more or less useless or even damaging or painful.

How many things do we need out of these 60,000? (this number sounds high, but keep in mind that - just to give you some examples - every pencil is an object, every shirt, every spoon, every booklet, card, photo, bill and so on is one thing ... it quickly adds up to pretty high numbers ...).

Maybe we only need some 3,000 things?
Still sounds like a lot - but it isn't ... This would mean clear cutbacks ...

What do you think?

Detailed information on this subject, how I found out about it and much more you find on my Blog (available only in German, I'm sorry):

http://www.besser-fernsehen.ch/blog/entry/60-000-gedanken-gegenstaende.html

I think these words by William Morris (nicely illustrated by the American artist Lisa Congdon) say it best:

https://twitter.com/AVSchaffner/status/278087459689078784/photo/1

HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE
THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW TO BE USEFUL
OR BELIEVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL

We better remember this old & wise American saying:

"If you don't plant flowers in the garden of your mind, you'll forever pull weeds."

Or you have to get rid of (too much) stuff ...

Kind regards
Astrid

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    • Jan 18 2013: Thank you so much, Kate - especially for the very first comment on my very first TED Conversation!
      Greez, Astrid

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