i am often asked why i went from the world of ideas to the world of things. socrates considered the world of things to be inferior to the world of ideas. two and a half thousand years later i would have thought this worldview to be antiquated. the world of clothes and shoes and bags is surely the world of things but they are deeply interwoven with ideas and the world of ideas is the domain of values and morals. it is only when the world of things are considered to be the highest good and the people who make clothes and shoes think making money is the one and only goal that we end up with the suffering and the injustice and the oppression and exploitation that we have today. so buy at places where things and ideas and values and morals come together.