Let's get this quote out of the way; it's spoken by Yoda in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; I came upon this quote in one of the forum members' signatures, and it got me thinking. It hit home because this is the feeling I have recently, the feeling that I need to learn to detach myself from material things. Buddhism believes in this detachment. I do not agree 100% with their beliefs - certain attachments are desirable - attachment to family, loved ones and friends. Attachment to one's own works - art, creations, discoveries, and finally one's respect for one's status in society. Capitalism isn't evil; it has great potential to improve our lives. However, I agree with their philosophy of detachment from things you fear to lose - For example, many of you fear that someone would break into your house and steal your Macs. I believe this is not desirable - Macs, and even your house, is replaceable. They are not important in the ultimate sense. I believe what is important is ultimately your consciousness and your experience of life. The people around you, the things you and others create, and the way you handle your life. But you should not care whether you would lose your materials - you can replace them always. Capitalism isn't evil as I say - if you enjoy to use computers, or play games, for all means go buy a Mac and a PS2 to enjoy them. But do not fear to lose them, and do not keep them for sentimental value. That's just unimportant in the big picture. The big picture is YOU. I believe the best style if life is of a minimalist - sure buy things you enjoy, and get the best you can out of capitalism. But collecting things, and actually place yourself into material things is a bad way of doing things - they are just not important. Once you die, they lose all meaning. Once you die, you will no longer care. Nor will they. And now comes my own dilemma... I have a collection of games - I have all Metal Gear Solid games, Castlevania, Zelda, and several other series. I do admit that I fear losing them. I place alots of sentimentality into them - not love or heart or anything, but simply the fact that I have them. I have not played almost all of them after I beat them once. I wish I could convince myself that they are truly not important. I understand it, and I believe it, but my feelings rebel. I have emotional attachment to them which should not be there. I have no emotional attachment to my Mac for example - I love the thing, and I am a big fan of Apple Computer Inc, and I want to buy almost everything they ever release , but I don't really fear losing my Mac - my valuable files - my films, my art, and my photos, they are stored elsewhere. If my Mac mini was stolen, I would probably be pissed for a bit, but really it's no big deal - I'll just buy another one. A drag sure, but money is just as material as the Mac - I use it to give myself enjoyment - food, life, roof over my head, my Mac. It's nothing by itself. So I have no real attachment to my Mac - I'm attached to it's means. Which is not a bad thing in my view - I create, I communicate and I derive entertainment from it. I'm just rambling at this point. I just want to see what you guys think, and what you guys feel about the philosophy of minimalism. And what do you guys believe about materialism, attachment, and if any of you achieved "nirvana", let me know how it feels, and how you achieved it. Thanks for all of you who made it to this line. I appreciate you reading this.