All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are. - Paul Auster


[A]n automobile in this culture is far more than the mere bundle of its physical characteristics. This material commodity, like all others in this society, is a complex whole consisting of physical and normative characteristics imputed by the culture containing many nonphysically based social values; in the case of an automobile, "You are what you drive!" -- The Death of Industrial Civilization: The Limits to Economic Growth and the Repoliticization of Advanced Industrial Society by Joel Jay Kassiola

The fewer materials I posses the more cognizant I become of their hollow nature. When this line of thinking is taken to its logical conclusion it becomes obvious that the mad rush to accumulate money and materials is essentially a form of collective insanity. Expressed somewhat more bluntly, there is no salvation for a culture that converts the bounty of nature into plastic garbage because there is only so much that can be plundered and pillaged from the biosphere before it can no longer sustain human existence.

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu