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Thu May 13 10:30:29 BST 2021
There is a SciFi story written about the abject shame of half of the attendees forced to endure a wedding wearing brand new clothing. The poorest people were "forced consumers" It followed through to all of their worldly goods.
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From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [LMB] Steggy!
You can also see the furniture, art, clocks etc as a symbol of the status
of empire that chair is made from exotic wood from a vassal state. This
diamond studded chest a gift from another state.
Of course they never have to move all their stuff. I've calculated that
through out my life I have moved at least 18 times or more. However one of
my pack rat tendencies is books. I have moved or stored my books at least
seven times. I've also held on to my computers as well as a ancient Texas
Instrument 770 Intelligent Terminal. I guess I am a pack rat.
On Wed, May 12, 2021, 11:23 AM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> From: Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>
> This makes me wonder at what level of pack ratisness Emperor's and royal
> families are. I have a coffee table book on the British royal family's
> collection of art, clocks and stuff. Of course there is the famous attic in
> Miles' house.
> Gwynne: I don't think it's packratishness exactly; it just doesn't occur
> to them
> to throw things away. (Let's face it, they have the space for it.) In the
> UK, one
> of the most dismissive comments about a social climber is, "He bought his
> furniture." Because you don't, if you're U. You inherit it, from the
> before you, and you use it until it's well past usefulness. And you
> replace it
> piece by piece, not a whole houseful of new furniture like the nouveau
> So they keep what they have, adding interesting new pieces to the
> when something takes their fancy. Older pieces are rotated to less-used
> and eventually the attics.
> Also, there's the feeling that most of it isn't theirs - the opposite of
> When you inherit your palace, you know you're only one in a long line
> and after you. It's yours, but it also belongs to the lineage. Packrats are
> terrifyingly territorial about their stuff. And it's THEIRS.
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