“I should get one of those signs that says “One of these days I’m gonna get organezized”.”
Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
The more storage space I seem to have, the more junk I keep.
That statement applies equally to digital media, as well as physical media.
As I get ‘organezized‘ for my penultimate exams of my final year of Dentistry, I realise that its no good having large amounts of storage (especially digital) unless you are O.C.D. about the way you organise (Brit.Spelling) your items.
How many of us need that blurry photo taken late on a friday night of someone’s nose as they were turning, or that cd you bought/downloaded of an artist who you ‘thought’ was cool but actually you’d rather listen to an audiobook of ‘A Brief History of Time’ read in the voice of Stephen Hawkings, than listen to it again?
Our Windows/OS X recycling bin is being underused as words like ‘Terabyte’ enter our lexicon.
It must be said, there are justified reasons for having uber large hard drives, e.g. you are an avid photographer or movie maker. However, not many people have music collection’s larger than 120 GB from songs they have bought legally.
If you need it for movies, chances are, you have downloaded those films illegally (unless you have been spending your weekly allowance on itunes’ movies)
And the larger the storage we buy, the more we feel we need to fill it up.
and its often with junk we ordinarily would never waste time on had we had half the wardrobe/hard drive space
How often do we call up the Salvation Army to pick up those clothes you haven’t worn since the pilot episode of Baywatch was shown?
Detachment springs to mind, but, that’s not easy to achieve or understand always.
So why have we become a nation of hoarders?
Sometimes its the more we own, the greater the range, the more well-rounded we feel, whether its a music collection or your clothes collection.
But what defines you? when do your objects start owning you?
Its something to bear in mind. Even as an amateur photographer who often takes photos in RAW (which equates to about 13 MB per photo), I find myself storing things that I can “organise later….” but I never do.
In photography, software like Abobe Bride/Apples’ Aperture attempt to address these problems to some extent, but they often only alleviate the problem temporarily.
It doesn’t just apply to objects we buy, its applies to everything. Remember Super Size Me?
Do we need a LARGE Mc Meal when a medium would suffice (try a medium and wait 30 minutes after eating it, you wont’ be hungry when your brain has caught up with your fast eating…. though you might feel sick)
Prevention is better than cure.
Rather than having to constantly organise and be overwhelmed with things that don’t actually enhance our lives, maybe we should think twice next time we buy 9 Terabytes of Storage/Sex In The City Directors Cut/Star Wars Special Dulce De Leche Frappuchino Edition/store every photo that our trigger happy camera fingers create.
We might feel a little bit freer in the long run, and we might actually have more time for organising the things that matter in our lives.
At this time and at this period we must avail ourselves of this most great opportunity. We must not sit inactive for one moment; we must sever ourselves from composure, rest, tranquillity, goods, property, life and attachment to material things. We must sacrifice everything to His Highness, the Possessor of existence, so that the powers of the Kingdom may show greater penetration and the brilliant effulgence in this New Cycle may illumine the worlds of minds and ideals.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan)