Sunday, 5 September 2010

In defence of frugality (Part 2 of 7)

Indeed, one should ask, what is the point of being frugal? Why should you waste any opportunity to enjoy yourself to the maximum extent? A man only lives once. Does he not owe to himself to have as much fun as he can?

Should you not devote all your resources to pleasurable activities? As long as you can afford it, why should you not savour your days travelling around the world and staying at the best hotels? What is the purpose of making money if you cannot spend it on doing what you love?

Those questions are, to an important extent, unfair and unrealistic. A man who complains about not being able to exhaust his possibilities lacks proper perspective. Every choice implies renunciation to an infinite number of alternatives. Every expenditure consumes resources that can be employed otherwise.

To be continued in Part 3


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