iWant an iPad but the thought of it gives me iGuilt

My inner Franciscan-wannabe, as well as my conscience, are having conniptions because I'm on the verge going to buy some shiny consumerist toy. Argggh!

Am I the only one this ever happens to? :shrug:

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My inner Franciscan-wannabe, as well as my conscience, are having conniptions because I'm on the verge going to buy some shiny consumerist toy. Argggh!

Am I the only one this ever happens to? :shrug:

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"i" almost always have guilt when "i" want to buy something "i" want!:shrug:

Of course we do....it makes us think doesn't it? Do we need it, or do we want it? It is important to think of those two distinctions. Francis would most likely have been someone who would agree with that old adage. He needed very little so he accumulated practically nothing. Try to transfer some of that "iWant" over to a desire for Eucharistic Adoration and maybe you won't feel so much "iGuilt". Living a Franciscan spirituality is difficult but the graces the Lord will give from denying our inner want is incredible. Blessings be upon you.

Well there is a lot you can do with an iPAD, also note it is one of the few readers that is anti-porn. You can use it to do the Liturgy of the Hours, read your bible, pray the rosary and do spiritual reading on it.

One of our associate pastors admitted that when it came out he knew he wanted one. Didn't need it but wanted it.

He saved up, week by week, and bought one.

Nothing wrong with that.

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One of our associate pastors admitted that when it came out he knew he wanted one. Didn't need it but wanted it.

He saved up, week by week, and bought one.

Nothing wrong with that.

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Nothing wrong, so I have heard, with having "things" as long as the things don't have YOU!:)

I just went through the same thing with wanting an iPod. I could afford it, but I just couldn't justify spending the money on it, so I went through my house and collected a bunch of stuff I didn't want and sold it all on eBAy, then purchased a used Ipod Touch with the proceeds of my sales and had $200 left over and a neater house. :)

I like that last one...very productive. =) I did not know it was anti-porn. That is great! We need more electronic companies to take a stand on epidemics of this kind. I suppose if a pastor was to have one he would be able to use it for many different applications that would be good. I would consider that "borderline need" instead of want. When the thing you buy is put to productive, good use that is a positive thing. For example, I am a seminarian and right now I have to have a car or else I wouldn't be able to accomplish my duties. At first I didn't like this because of the Franciscan inside me, but then I realized that my car was being put to a good use. It was helping me come closer to God's heart by coming closer to my vocation. Interesting when your perspective gets turned upside down. =)

When buying something, ask yourself, "To what good can I use this?" and "How can this benefit me in a positive way?" Things are not bad because they are things, or even because they cost money. Things only become bad things when we use them to a bad end. Even the best of Creation can become something bad, if used with bad intentions. Technology is a tool, the use of which, for good or evil, is entirely the choice of the one posessing the tool.

Could not have worded that more eloquently myself. Nicely done Mr. woodland Poet.

:) This is really a great thread and I'm deeply affected by it. I've been green since before the green movement---feeling consumerism was just a wasteful way to go, using up our resources and labor for little to no reason.

It's October. I hope to not turn on the heat until November. It's chilly, but it saves fossil fuels. I like buying used or older stuff when I can, not only because it's thrifty (you don't suffer depreciation) but also because the Thing is already made, already there.

I feel like I'm looking out for future generations.

I'm also entranced by the iPad gadget. . . but although it can do wonderful things, are those things that really matter? From what I can tell, most people use home computers for games or personal entertainment. . . and computers have a much bigger negative environmental impact than a pack of cards!

(Sure, it's ironic posting this via computer via the internet. But I see libraries and schools tossing away tons of money into computers with little real world results, results of value).

. . . I hate to say this, also, but when I look at what I do with a computer, most of the important things could be done on a typewriter. . . and posting notes on forums like this don't add that much to my real life. I could easily do without.

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