I am not going to tell you that “a pair of shoes can change your life and Cinderella is a proof to that”. I think you all know those really exaggerated and dramatic views on life, if they can be called so. Though these shoes look like they would have been stolen from a fairytale, what I’m gonna tell you is very real and simple. I am only a human, therefore I have desires I can’t fight.
Can I call a new pair of shoes a need? Well it all depends on the way you look at the situation. If you define “need” as the demand of something vital, like oxygen, water, food or even the only shoes you have to keep you warm in a siberian winter, then no; on the other hand, if you pass all the rational boundaries, and think of the life resources your soul needs, you can actually consider a new pair of shoes a need.
What is a necessity anyways? Nowadays, people don’t really see the difference between what we need and what we want. What we need, humanity had dozens of thousands of years ago, when the fire was firstly discovered and used by humans. Of course that is stone age, but people did live and survive… in a very wild way, but we can’t deny that they did. So basically, if to objectively analyze the evolution of humankind, that was the only period when we used only what we needed, nothing more, nothing less. That makes everything we’ve learned, achieved and created since then, just a way to make our life better. Here we can include speaking, writing, buildings, art, government, means of transportation, food imported from far-away continents, wars, territorial extensions, books and all the way to electricity, communication devices, medicine, astronomy, astrology, physics, philosophy, fashion, cars, elevators and so on… So if the whole world that we’ve been building for millenniums is around 95% made of what’s not of life importance, why can’t we want some simple things like seeing the world, learning what we enjoy, eating delicious food or buying nice things? If these small and unimportant compared to global problems like pollution, wars, famine, sicknesses, hatred, envy, jealousy or death, can make us happy, is it really that bad to desire them? Is it really bad to want to feel beautiful and happy at the end of an exhausting and ugly day?
People tend to always judge the others about everything they buy, do, decide, but every single person on this Earth has dreams, so is it really bad to sometimes just get what we want as a reward for our work? Or want what we want?
This question is always in my head, and I think it’s one of those rhetorical, but very provokative ones, that bring up even more questions and doubts…
What do you think, guys?
shoes: Charlotte Olympia Dolly