Object Oriented Living

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Everyday living is full of objects. Even for basic stuff like eating breakfast there are an array of objects that are maybe not needed, but make it a smoother process. Eating a bowl of Weetabix with Milk requires:

– Weetabix
– Milk
– Bowl
– Spoon

You could take it a lot further and say that Weetabix requires the Weetabix factory, factory workers, wheat, farmers, combine harvester drivers, a plough, etc etc (and a lot further).

There are many everyday routines that require objects and processes with the objects. Dealing with these objects and processes takes up time and affects the way that we live. There are other ways to have breakfast, and other ways to have Weetabix. You could have bacon and eggs, or you could pour milk directly into the Weetabix box. If you didn’t have milk with the Weetabix would it still be breakfast?

These objects and processes have come about to support everyday activities. Eating breakfast, thinking about it like it, is a system. I once read a quote that was something along the lines of – when you start dealing with systems you become a systems person. It means that you become somehow connected with this system. It relies on you, and you on it.

I think it is possible to do some informal research about the amount of objects and processes there are and some studies like – minimalising them, upgrading them and becoming more aware of them.