Rants about bags and being broke

I’m aware that making my first non-introductory blog post focused around a rant isn’t exactly the greatest way to start. But it’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last week or so and I have therefore decided it’s better just to get my thoughts out there.

THE PROBLEM IS…

This bag:

Now granted the bag itself isn’t all that offensive. Baby pink isn’t really my colour and I’ve never been one for a clutch because of the probability that I’d manage to drop it and break my phone or my camera or something equally fragile. But all that is beside the point. This bag, which you can purchase here at amara.com in case you were wondering, costs £63 (which is roughly 103 USD or 76 Euros).

Oxforddictionaries.com describes broke as “having completely run out of money”.

Now if I was really “broke” where did I find £63 to spend on what can only be described as a flagrant waste of money? The correct answer is I didn’t, unless I bought it with the last £63 I had to my name in which case I am an imbecile and I fully deserve to be broke.

I know it sounds like such a petty thing to be ranting about, but to some people £63 is a lot of money. I won’t regurgitate the “less than a dollar a day” facts that we’ve all heard a million times over. But just because we’ve heard them before doesn’t make them any less true or any less important.

Sept Bruxelles, the accessory company that designed this bag, sell some really beautiful things and I’m in no way opposed to spending £63 on a bag or another luxury product, but the phrase on this particular item is in my opinion thoughtless. I know it’s just a seemingly harmless clutch bag and it’s only meant in the sense that ‘I love shopping so much I’m always broke’, but it’s just a little irksome.

What can I say, I’m a stickler for accuracy.

Am I being a hypocrite when I buy myself a £70 pair of Topshop heels? Or £55 on Origins face serum? Because that’s the first thing you think whenever you read a post like this. It’s all very well complaining about something but aren’t I part of the problem too? The answer is yes and no.

Yes I am part of the problem, I’ve been well and truly sucked in to this mass media, consumer culture of the developed world. I spend money on unnecessary things all the time, and I know that I shouldn’t, but I do. There should be a word for that, something we know we shouldn’t do but we do anyway; a deliberate error, a conscious mistake, a chosen wrong. Whatever it is I’m guilty of it and perhaps it makes me a bad person, but that’s a discussion for another time (in fact, Hank Green summarises it beautifully over here).

No I am not a hypocrite. In this instance, in this little rant I present to you, I’m a bit cross with the wording on a bag. I’m not saying I wouldn’t buy a bag of the same price or by the same company and I’m not saying that other people shouldn’t either. Do I give to charity? Yes. Do I give nearly enough? No I do not. Not if I’m a believer in cosmopolitanism, not if I strive to be a citizen of the world. And perhaps that’s something I’ll pick up on at a later date.

/rant

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

World Hunger || World Bank: Poverty || Sept Bruxelles

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