Great post. I agree, it's more than the money, it's all the time ill spent that is lost forever. I finally got all the gear swapping out of my system by buying nearly everything in sight, reselling it, and keeping what worked. Nearly always the only people that make money on these transactions are ebay and paypal. Since I hate both companies, it was fun getting away from them. The gear swapping had it's positives. Now I know what all these lenses/cameras can do, so no need to buy them again. I still buy a little more than I need, but it's cheap stuff, a lot of which is in marginal condition and gets repaired by me. That's enjoyable, and if it doesn't go as planned I'm out $15. Not a tragedy. The internet addiction I find is much harder to break, as there are a multitude of things to be done w/ that besides buying and selling. Putting a time limit on your usage is about all you can do, save from just disconnecting the thing.
There's usually a translation issue w/ Buddhist tests. One other way to look at this is that life is inherently temporary and conditional, which irritates us, as we want permanency in an impermanent world. Fortunately, there is a way out of this situation. It's very instructive to see that getting what we desire never leads to any lasting happiness, it just sets up a feeling of vague dissatisfaction and a reflexive desire for something else as soon as we get what we want. The grass is always greener and all that.
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