Another Day in Hoarder’s Paradise


Viikko 7


Nyt käydään läpi jäljelle jääneet puhujaroolit. Jälleen tulee usea puheenvuoro samaan syssyyn. Aiheita on laidasta laitaan. Lopputuloksena tänne pitäisi ilmaantua yhteensä noin 80 puhetta jo aiemmin julkaistut mukaan luettuna.

Tarkoitus on helpottaa väittelyseurojen toimintaa Suomessa, silloin kuin ne väittelevät englanniksi ajankohtaisen väittelyagendan pohjalta erilaisissa oppilaitoksissa, kerhoissa tai yksityisissä kokoontumisissa. Usein väittelyistä ei jää mitään konkreettista jälkeen muutamia ruutupaperille hutaistuja sotkuja lukuun ottamatta. Parhaat puheet kannattaisi kuitenkin arkistoida ja transkriptoida mahdollista tulevaa käyttöä tai inspiraatiota varten.

Motion: THB that rampant materialism should be countered with idealism or even pragmatically tempered materialism
Role: Speaker/MP (govt.)

Clutter-clearing in the 21st Century

A lot of people have too much stuff in their homes. People do not know how or why to get rid of it. They may think that they should not throw something away for they may need it in the future. They seldom do. Things have a funny way of being useful only for a small stretch of time in our lives, whereafter they fall into oblivion, disuse and neglect. They may, though, re-emerge as useful, but when that happens, that happens to some other people than yourself, who have already experienced that usefulness. Flea markets are specialized in recycling stuff that could be but usually is not useful. Your stuff makes no exception to that. It’s like all of that flea-market stuff except that you own it.

One way to deal with clutter, belongings, loose property and such could be to change one’s future-orientedness into something else. What comes to mind is film-orientation or death-orientedness. I’ll explain in detail, if this sounds far-fetched or difficult to swallow.

Film-orientation means that you view your life like a movie. What this means is that your life is like an action film. Most of the stuff, weapons, clothes, vehicles and so on you use only for a short while. Then you simply discard them like an action-film hero(ine). This happens in suspense films all the time. Also, a lot of the time there is a McGuffin, a recurring object that carries the story line, that the characters carry or chase and which remains important until the very end. Recognize what the McGuffins of your life are – and act accordingly. Take care of the items that will take you successfully to the end of your life’s motion picture as a hero(ine).

Death-orientedness means that you have to view your life after your death in an objective way. Walk some day into your room and think you’ve died. Glance at all the stuff there is in your room and think that it belongs to a dead person. Judge. Be judgmental. Criticize. Be critical. Think about what your estate would amount to in the eyes of your remaining relatives who’d inherit you. What would they throw away and what would they keep? What’s certain is that they would treat your belongings with far less anxiety and care that you showed during your own life. You could take after them and follow their lead. Throw away what your relatives would throw away. Keep CLASSY diaries, journals, developed photographs, certificates, money, real estate, paintings, some books and some furniture — as it’s the stuff your next of kin might treasure. Most of your other ”shit” they would deem worth little or nothing. Cultural artifacts are not important, if they are mass-produced for the masses and merely in reproduced form in your hands and collections as well. Sometimes hoarding behaviours are the result of not daring to touch anything in one’s own belongings or a fatigue felt when doing so, but remember that your relatives have likely no such inhibitions.

The truth is that you need less than you think you need. You may, for example, discard a book after you’ve read it, and still not be insane, no matter what your antiquarian acquaintance says. ”Less is More,” as it was coined by Mies van der Rohe, and an apt statement to help you on your way. You may remain a Prisoner of your Past if you cannot throw away for instance your childhood toys or clothes or books or electronics or anything that helped you grow into what you are now. Use whatever works – personal assistants, removing on schedule or by deadlines, car-boot sales, flea markets or burning former oil barrels filled up with trash in the backyard.

You’ll be at the future receiving end. Thank you.

Puheen kesto: 5 min 23 sek
Arvio: * * * * *. Tämä on hyvä puhe, suorastaan erinomainen. Se jättää tilaa kahdelle kysymykselle, joiden on parempi olla hyviä. Ollaan perimmäisten kysymysten äärellä. Aihe koskettaa kaikkia. Lisäksi puhe menee ”uudelle vaihteelle”, mitä voidaan odottaa roolissa, joka sen esittää, vaihtoehtona edellisille puhujarooleille, jotka ovat todennäköisesti käsitelleet laajalti maailman mädännäisyyttä erilaisen materialismin muodossa.



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