If I click that link to that essay and it doesn't involve throwing mum's sentimental items one by one into a giant woodchipper to make some sort of grand statement, I'll be very disappointed!domino harvey wrote:I think these guys might be psychopaths or the leaders of a cult or bothA few words about sentimental items
We all have sentimental items like pictures of loved ones, that plate your mom gave you for a special occasion, those little knickknacks that grandma gave us as kids, etc.
This might come as a shock to you, but throw them away.
Think about it. They don’t really have any value or meaning other than the meaning you give those items.
Hold on to your pictures for now, we’ll ask you to scan them and then throw them away in a few days.
But everything else can go. The past does not equal the future. The sentimental items are a reminder of the past and you don’t want to live there.
You want to live in the now.
You want to be on the mountain.
This might sound shocking to you, and you might be terribly afraid to throw out that box of trinkets that you never use, because they have sentimental value. But you are starting a new life, and you don’t need constant reminders of the past to have your new life. It’s counter-intuitive.
Click here to read an essay I wrote about getting rid of my mom’s sentimental items after her death.
To me it's an expression of the 'knowing the value of everything and the worth of nothing' ephemeral culture.
There's an amusing auctioneer programme run by the BBC called Flog It! (basically an Antiques Roadshow for people who don't have Sotherby's-level heirlooms that they want to check the value of 'just for fun', instead just handed-down objects of variable sentimental value that families can't wait to get rid of) that takes the same approach. It often leaves me aghast when we get the objects of sentimental value going under the hammer for £100 or so and have the chirpy presenter say "that will certainly go towards paying off your student loans/taking that holiday/double glazing your front room! And perhaps the person who bought your grandfather's war medals will like them better!"