As a Taoist:
We are not our possessions, We are our life expressed in living.
Now compare this to the United States where possession is 9/10th of the law right? Follow this to where you can get sued, if someone else uses your property wrongly. As if in their misusing your property, it was your own action which is the source of harm.
As a Materialist:
Property is not something unto itself but instead an extension of the owner…
The culture in the United States is in so many ways opposite to Taoist practice. I wonder how it will react as more people reject these silly laws in order to be simply themselves? Laws never define a person, instead laws are defined by how we act and react to each other. Too bad many people seem to have lost sight of this fact.
Do you chase an America dream of material gain? If so do you accept the hidden price of being owned and then defined by the resulting laws of material gain over human needs?
Reminds me of the picture in the aftermath of the hurricane in New Orleans, where the national guard was protecting the consumer goods rather than helping those suffering in the streets in front of them… That is where the laws have taken people to within the US: Material goods are more important than human life.
The reason for this article is I was just talking to someone who almost got sued because someone else stole their car. The car thief crashed it and then could have been sued for leaving their car in position to be stolen and misused… It wasn’t the action of the thief to be punished for driving recklessly or for even stealing the car: Rather the officer and law were threatening the owner who let their car open to be stolen as being the transgression. In other words the state will hold you responsible for your properties actions, not the person who committed the actual crime actions… Kinda mind blowing in the implications, in how people are merely legal extensions of their possessions.
We do not own anything, except by the laws which declare we are owned by the possessions we do covet.