Often, the desire for instant gratification makes us blind to the long-term impact that our purchases can make. A few days of elation can quickly be replaced by the reality of the impact that what we bought will have on our lives.
Nearly every possession we acquire comes with strings attached. Flashy new cars are often accompanied by years of loan payments. And anything that requires a collar comes with an invisible leash between owner and animal. And with the exception of the digital products we purchase, everything we buy requires spaces in which to store it.