When I like to think about my pre-30 year old self of not being an idiot, that thought gets demolished when I think about the time when I bought a diamond ear stud. Can one be anymore pretentious? I rationalized the purchase by telling myself that diamonds will always have value so I couldn’t really lose. In the end, I ended up losing it.
My little rock was small cheese compared to what my friends bought for their wives. Everyone was spending $10,000 to $30,000 on diamond engagement rings for what is considered in our society a symbol of love. When you spend that much on something that doesn’t do anything, you either have money and/or you are stupid.
I don’t know where these stupid rules come from like the one where the cost of the engagement ring should be 3 months of your income. So if you make $40,000 a year you should buy a ring that costs $10,000? If your girlfriend expects this kind of behaviour you should dump her because she is selfish and obviously doesn’t operate on a rational mindset. If you’re a guy and you subscribe to this kind of thinking then you should punch yourself.
But of course, desperate times call for desperate measures. The fear of being alone or stigmatized makes a person give in to irrational ideas. It’s understandable but it doesn’t make you any less of a pussy.
A very funny clip from comedian Bill Burr.