There is an old saying about getting rid of stuff: When in Doubt-Throw it out! But we remark to ourselves: ‘Hey, you never know when you might need it.’ So we keep it… and even label the box it is in (maybe) so we can find it later (maybe). That was 15 years ago. This causes garages and storages units in America to be filled to overflowing… yea, I saith, exceedingly overflowing.
Comparing what one has learned in the physical to the philosophical, Lao-Tze (5th-6th century ancient Chinese philosopher) said:
‘Along the way to knowledge,
Many things are accumulated…
On the way to wisdom,
Many things are discarded.’
So, most of what we stack neatly in boxes (for later, for some day) is ‘knowledge’ accumulation. What we get rid of is ‘wisdom’ accumulation. I suppose it is a choice… as un-American as it might seem. A lighter load is easier to carry. And… by throw it out… I mean give it to another who may really need it.
“Whoever has two tunics (outer cloak garment) is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” Jesus