I wasn't really sure what I wanted to say about materialism. I just knew that I wanted to get a discussion going and see where it leads. I recently lost nearly everything I own and found that it brought me a new sense of freedom. I had a lot of stuff that I had collected through the years: a nice tv, hundreds of dvds, toys from when I was a kid, lots of random electronics, tons of video games, and so on. Now I realize that it was just taking up space; I don't need it. How do you guys feel about collecting/gathering/retaining material items?