|Pussy willows and Canada Geese|
Despite the crazy American consumer culture, I'm quite confident that he/she who buys the most stuff isn't the winner. Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and mathematician noted "It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly."
I'm reminded of my encounter with Ken earlier in the week, who's possessions seem to all fit within a five gallon bucket. How many fewer constraints he has than most of us that are tied down by all of our stuff.