At 2/13/13 06:14 AM, TheColourAwesome wrote:
You should care because you shouldn't display and buy something that doesn't reflect you. You should care about things in general because it's the best place to be where you want to be.
Maybe I didn't formulate that right. On the topic of clothing. Everything you buy has a brand, unless you get it custom-made which would be too expensive to work for me at least, so there's nothing you can do about that. When I buy clothes I don't buy clothes with a visible brand name, because I couldn't care less about the impression that people would get from me if I did, I chose clothes that are cheap and/or comfortable and only keep track of the brand name hidden in the collar tag to know which shirts are mine. Most of the T-Shirts I wear are plain color, most of them white or orange because I like those colors. I have a few with dragon motives that I bought through a friend in Bermuda, but for the most part the motives that are showcased on shirts either feature blatant ads for big companies like Nike or Puma or feature generic motives based upon Internet memes of general perceptions of everyday life, which I tend to not agree with much, or at least not enough to wear them. I wouldn't buy anything just because I liked the look if I didn't stand for the message, but at the same time I don't mind walking around with a Windows Vista shirt even though I hate the OS, because what I wear doesn't really say anything about me. People will have to speak to me to know me.
About the car example, when I do get one the decisive factor will be mainly price. I'm not in such a situation in life where I can mime other successful people and buy what they buy because it looks good, but if I was, I'd probably still have my own opinion on which car to get. Cars are very personal. To me they're the essence of freedom, and at the same time they're like a home, a place you decorate and build-upon, and spend a lot of time inside. I don't think that example is really comparable to clothing since clothing is very impersonal to me. It could be compared to buying a wrench, I'd buy one that works well and doesn't cost too much, and then I'll use it for everyday needs. Brand name for a wrench, that's not one of stature, right? It's the same thing with clothes for me.
As for other items I'm all but generic. I refuse to get a smartphone because I don't want to use phones for anything else than calling. I fetch my money straight from the bank because I don't like the impersonality with ATMs. I buy music of artists I've grown to like, and sometimes just random records to see if I'll be positively surprised by them, most of them far from mainstream, I haven't seen a regular TV show in years either because there's much better entertainment being made by amateur artists around the world. People say they follow the flow so they have things to speak about to other people, but there's waaaay more to speak about when there are differences. :)
I could see a movie and when someone says it wasn't any good I could call them I downer but what fucking use would that do? I've effectively shut down a conversation and have no real reason why and will continue to see movies that I may not enjoy because I didn't want to think about it.
See what I mean? I fucking hope so because that took a while to write. ;)
Haha, yeah, long post. I don't get the point with that last argument about the movie though. If you don't like a movie, shouldn't you stand for your opinion? Seems like that goes against the grain of everything else you said. Otherwise, I understood it the first time! :) Do you understand what I mean now? :P