“I’ve always enjoyed window-shopping. You know what window-shopping is: it’s going out to the stores with no intention of buying anything. When I window-shop, I tell myself that today I’m leaving my wallet in my pocket. I’m just going to look in the windows, no matter how temptingly the shop owners have presented their wares.
I treat out current way of life the same way. I’m only window-shopping it. I’m not buying anything anymore. For instance, when the media tells me there is some new problem out there, and the solution is now being made available to everyone, I simply observe it. My experience has taught me time and again that the media is self-serving, and they have no interest whatsoever in my well-being. In fact, it’s just the opposite – the media creates problems in order to get us to buy their ideas and consumer goods.
In the old days, I would have gotten angry and begun to oppose their media hype, thus dissipating my precious energy. But now I just window-shop. I observe only – with no emotional attachment to the ideas they’re selling on TV and in the newspapers. I’m not buying any of it, so it’s no longer affecting me. This is one of the keys to our ultimate happiness.”
Tony Burroughs, in “The Law of Agreement”
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