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“Trumpery” — Thoreau talks about stuff (Walden 36)

“If you are a seer, whenever you meet a man you will see all that he owns, ay, and much that he pretends to disown, behind him, even to his kitchen furniture and all the trumpery which he saves and will not burn, and he will appear to be harnessed to it and making what headway he can… I look upon England today as an old gentleman who is travelling with a great deal of baggage, trumpery which has accumulated from long housekeeping, which he has not the courage to burn; great trunk, little trunk, bandbox, and bundle. Throw away the first three at least.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Economy,” Walden

It’s all about stuff, as comedian George Carlin reminds us in this famous routine: Continue reading