“Private property has made us so stupid and one-sided that an object is only ours when we have it, when it exists for us as capital or when we directly possess, eat, drink, wear, inhabit it, etc., in short, when we use it. Although private property conceives all these immediate realizations of possession only as means of life; and the life they serve is the life of private property, labour and capitalization. Therefore all the physical and intellectual senses have been replaced by the simple estrangement of all these senses – the sense of having. So that it might give birth to its inner wealth, human nature had to be reduced to this absolute poverty.”
— Karl Marx 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
This is one of the most important things I ever read when I was young & it’s just as important now. I want to print this out & hang it up in my flat & read it anytime I get sucked into capitalist propriety.