01 Feb '13, 12pm

Balancing Happiness and Consumerism in the Digital Age

Balancing Happiness and Consumerism in the Digital Age

When I turned 21 years old, my mom gave me one of the most memorable and important gifts I’ve ever received, a copy of Black Beauty . It had been passed down from my grandmother to my mother and then to me, with each of our names, the date we were given the book, and our home address written in the front. A piece of my family history is made obvious with those inscriptions -- the three different surnames tracing my family’s roots, and all three addresses, each of different homes in the same town, remind me about my family’s background in this one small part of California. The value of that book is not in the story of the beloved equine, but the fact that this particular book had been cherished by both my mother and my grandmother, and now it is entrusted to me. Recently, that copy of Black Beauty came to mind when I was deeply conflicted about buying an e-reader. I was try...

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