With the purchase of an iPad 2 this past week, my path to the Apple collective is mostly complete. iPhone 4, iPad 2, Macbook pro circa 2010 and the Apple TV. Jointly, and not taking into consideration the cash I’ve laid out on the iPhone subscription, I’ve given Apple over 3000 of my dwindling dollars and will no doubt end up paying more down the line; but I hope not. I’m thinking that I now have all the consumption devices I’ll ever use for the foreseeable future.
Despite the undiluted quality of these devices I feel like a crack addict returning for a taste of quality gear. I don’t need it, I shouldn’t really desire it and yet since that first taste a few years back, I can’t detox. Apple has an almost sleight-of-hand trick with innovation that blends such devices into the everyday world, massaging all our veins with the mantra How did I ever get by without this.
When it comes to money, I have, over the last few years, developed the mindset of If I have it, enjoy spending it and when I don’t have it, life is still wonderful. I’ve moved to a more simplistic life in the last 10 years and will continue to do so but it seems that doing such a thing, ultimately costs more in a capitalist and consumerist nation. I could effectively fill my home with large footprint hardware, for the same cost it now takes me to cover my desk in the Apple logo and that to me is ludicrous. Much of my reasoning of buying the electronics is to simplify my consumption of data and lessen my ecological footprint, while making use of all the modern benefits available (gps and offline maps are my hiking buddy). Yet, I’m left to feel that I’m being bullied into paying more to have an acceptable level of environmental morality.
Ultimately, I can’t let my conscience be driven by third parties. I believe I’m doing pretty well. When I first came to the US, I arrived with 2 suitcases that contained all my materialistic assets. While travelling Europe this year, I got by for 3 months with a small day pack (A quarter of its contents being travel books) and if I ever had to move back out the US, I would only need the same day pack; to me, that’s not a bad amount of baggage to live life with.