Possessiveness

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  1. Lordpendragon

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    I would be very interested in what people think about institutional possessiveness and its effects, and causes even.

    My husband/man
    My wife/woman
    My house
    My job
    My country
    My god

    etc etc
     
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    Some property laws make the world go 'round. Otherwise communism would work and it doesn't.

    The U.S. Supreme Court re-definition of Emminent Domain has recently undermined this principle but hey 'take my wife... no really please take her'

    Don Rickles I believe.
     
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    I'm not sure what you're getting at with this one, LPD. I use the phrase "my husband" simply as a very precise demonstrative. I suppose I could use any other definite or indefinite article or just simply use his name, but using the possessive pronoun is just more precise. If I tell you I'm going out to dinner, it makes more sense to say "I'm going out to dinner with my husband and his brother" than to say "I'm going out to dinner with a husband and his brother."

    Otherwise, I'm not generally a terribly possessive person. "I just had a new roof put on my house" as opposed to "I just had a new roof put on that house." Hmm. Now you really have me thinking about the silliest things. Shame on you.
     
  4. Lordpendragon

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    So humans need to own to be motivated?
     
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    Don't blast me with your fundie nonsense :biggrin1:
     
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    Posessiveness creeps me out. I guess that pigeonholes me as a socialist, but I can live with it. I like other people's stuff as much as my own. I don't get to play with it as often, but it's more special when I do. That concept applies (for me) to every item on that list.

    As for other people's husbands/wives/SOs, I don't mean "play with" in the sexual sense, just social. Some people are so jealous that they expect their spouse to never make friends or have any contact with members of the opposite (or same in the case of gays) gender. I don't consider a man being married as a good reason not to be my friend.
     
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    I guess that's sort of what I was saying... I use the possessive pronoun more to differentiate between the house next door and the one I live in...
    and saying "my partner" is so much easier than saying "the one other person with whom I share existence." It really does not refer to pathological possessiveness. I like for my partner to have friends and outside interests. Yeah, Zora, that kind of possessiveness is creepy. Hey, do you want a bite of MY SANDWICH?
     
  8. Lordpendragon

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    When you share your sandwich, it ceases to be yours and becomes ours.
     
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    Hey, that's not a sandwich!:tongue:
     
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    duly noted.
     
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    Oh, no, that's duly noted.
     
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    *bites your sandwich too*
     
  13. Lordpendragon

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    I have an eclair.
     
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    This must be mine to answer?:cool:
     
  15. Lordpendragon

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    Correct. That's twice in one session :eek:
     
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    That was supposed to be funny not correct.:biggrin1:
     
  17. Lordpendragon

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    The two aren't mutually exclusive, quite the opposite in fact.

    Anyway, do we need to own to be motivated? :smile:
     
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    In economic terms, yes. Talk to the Friedman.
     
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    Oh, I love those! I'll tell you what- you bring the creamy filling and I'll bring the chocolate icing.

    I promise not to call it MY eclair.
     
  20. Lordpendragon

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    Proof if any were needed, that it is better to give than receive. Apart from sharing of course. :tongue: Chocolate is essential. :smile:
     
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