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I just wanted to write a little about these three things: the habit of thinking in terms of money, how we value things outside ourselves, and how we get attached to them. They are related, and influence each other.
It seems to be very easy to think of everything in terms of money. When you want to go visit a great-aunt, you immediately think how much the train trip is going to cost you. When you think of going out for an evening to a cafe, you think how much you are going to spend there. When you buy groceries, you consider how much the cheese costs. It is a habit, you start considering the cost of everything.
When we value things outside ourselves, we consider what they can do and how much they are worth. We value the things we use every day, or what we spend a lot of time with. Computers, smartphones, coffee pots, all kinds of things we value. But that too is a habit, that we start attaching high value in our minds to certain things.
Then those things that we value highly, those we get attached to. It becomes a wrench to let them go, you notice you don’t want to give them up when other people ask for them. It’s definitely a form of clinging, and you suffer for example when you lose your smartphone on the bus.