“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Most sensible people recognize that material things are inferior to the animate and ethereal, but only to an extent. After all, we work jobs to have money for food and shelter, but when we can afford it (and sometimes when we can’t) we also like to buy “nice things.” We take pride in those things — often times more than we should — but it’s hard not to; when we work hard and for long hours it feels justifiable to treat ourselves to something we want rather than need. I think in the grand scheme of things, it’s only because that’s what society says is normal. If there were never any “fancy” material things to buy for us to get used to, what would we do then? Walk around in dismay? I’m convinced that we’d find something else to satisfy that part of our appetite. Cheer and song sound good to me. It also sounds very primitive, but the proverbial ‘simpler time’ is usually more welcoming anyway.