Diogenes Syndrome is a curse of course, a disease. Some people live like isolated monsters in accumulations of “things”, papers, books, whatever. I don’t live in domestic squalor and I don’t collect old candies wrappers, but I admit I keep too many things in the basement, including… boxes of old magazines.
From time to time I open one box and bring two dozens of old Pop-Rock, movies or news magazines at work. At lunch time, I read them. It provides me many little things :
- I eventually have small talks with people around me, surprised to see me reading news from 2001. They think I’m a weirdo, and it’s a good feeling, I don’t know why.
- I get the satisfaction to realise that the “big pop groups” I disliked in the past vanished into oblivion. Bim. So there !
- I sometimes google some personalities to see how they are and what they do “now”, fifteen years after. It’s full of surprises, random changes, new roads, and disillusions…
- I save money : instead of buying a great new book at 24 Euros, I can find, eleven or fifteen years later, a pocket second hand one at 90 cents.
- Therefore, this makes me often think about what we all find “important” today…
Voilà ! Isn’t it a bliss, from time to time, to get under the surface of the “news” ?
Tool : Why couldn’t we use this “state of mind” for what we have now ? What if we imagine “What will this be in fifteen years” ? In entertainment, but also for our struggles and problems. Isn’t life short ? Is THIS (whatever it is) sooo important, really ?