The university of life

joy-to-stuff ratio

Not all of us are familiar with the term ‘joy-to-stuff ratio’, although this principle affects us deeply. It simply means the time a person has to enjoy life versus the time a person spends accumulating material goods. It is a well-known fact that we do not live indefinitely. We therefore have to choose how we spend the precious time we have. In modern times people tend to focus on accumulating more and more stuff, and because of this they have less time to enjoy and enjoy. They have shifted their joy-to-stuff ration in favor of stuff.

Why do some people stick to a job that they don’t even like? It is often so that they can afford the stuff they have and are able to get more stuff. Although some stuff can give enjoyment, the burning desire for more stuff can be just as addictive as the desire for the next shot of heroin, or the insatiable longing for the next exciting issue of ‘Donald Duck’.

We at the UOL do not believe in moral judgements, since even we don’t hold the ultimate truth. We therefore cannot establish a proper joy-to-stuff ratio for the people. It is, however, the duty of the UOL to point out the principles of life. Life hasn’t always been governed by stuff, since the actual word ‘stuff’ has only been defined as a collection of unspecified things since the 1920s although the word has been around since 1330. The joy-to-stuff ratio is therefore a rather new principle of life.


Most of this lecture was based on the Word Spy word of the day of Wednesday 14 august some time in the early 2000s. Please do not assume that any of these thoughts have originated at the UOL.

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