Carles was one of the more unique voices to emerge from the 2k07-2k11 scene with Hipster Runoff.
Carles did not end with Hipster Runoff, he now blogs at Carles.buzz.
Carles now blogs about Contemporary Conformists, Auth and more ‘relevant’ things.
The ebook ‘Nothing Matters’ is a free download that you can receive after signing up for his email list, which I did, because I also offer people the chance to add to their inbox total. This ebook became available in the early part of 2k15, but I have never received another email from Carles.
Carles is ‘building’ his list to eventually sell objects to said people on the list, I think.
I agreed with some of Carles’ words and disagreed with some of Carles’ words in ‘Nothing Matters.’
I agree that some things don’t matter, but other things do matter, and some things don’t matter as much as other things and I wrote about those things below.
The following are screenshots from the book and do not appear in a particular order.
Agree. It does seem like people and especially American people do spend many of their days creating a consumer identity.
I am a person that ‘owns’ a home and it is a trap of overvaluing things like home improvements, it is important to not put much value into these things as they do not construct a full identity. I like the book ‘Freedom of Simplicity’ by Richard Foster for a perspective on this subject.
Seems that people are afraid of going too far into the unknown, because it is not socially acceptable.
Agree, but offensive: This is offensive because it is too true.
Yes, but: We like these things because we know they do not matter. But there is a point where we can ‘value’ these things above actual things that ‘matter.’ Maybe Carles is afraid of actually ‘mattering.’
Yes, I have heard all of those things, actually. Thank you for reminding me of my cultural relevance.
This depends on what your interests are, but yes, your interests could marginalize you if your interests are used solely to sell you more stuff, then you become your interests over yourself.
Sometimes true, because I do use content as a means of escape, but I also use content to ‘learn stuff’ and sometimes the content medium does matter more because people put ‘credibility’ into those mediums and sources over others, but then the types of people who may value one medium over the other may disagree about which one actually has more value, so yes, okay maybe this is completely true.
People will not always be eternally kind and eternally honest because the world is broken. But often, we put too much into the ‘value’ of another person meeting our desires so then yes, this is true that another person will not fulfill all of our desires.
Seems like it is very hard to change the world on our own and that we need someone beyond ourselves to change the world for us and to provide the context that ‘matters.’ I like this from the Bible:
“I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?…Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.”
Thank you Carles for providing free ebooks so that the middle class with varying amounts of discretionary income can enjoy ‘something’.