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Which do you like best, the action or the object?

Asked by Stinley (11486points) March 16th, 2015

I have a friend who owns a bike shop. He loves bikes. He does ride his bike(s) but it seems that it is secondary to his love of bikes. Me, I like cycling and the bike is just a tool to help me do that.

If you have a hobby or passion, what is it for – the action or the object?

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hominid's avatar

I’m not sure it’s a question of what I like best. I have an acoustic guitar that I’ve owned for 24 years. I love playing music – especially that guitar. But I have some connection to the guitar as well. It’s a cheap Epiphone with some cracks and more than a couple of issues with the neck. But somehow, I love playing that guitar. If something were to happen to it, I’d just get another guitar. But it wouldn’t sound exactly like that guitar. So, while I like playing guitar in the larger sense, I really enjoy playing that guitar most of all.

I have known people who have had similar relationships with other objects, including bikes.

Additionally, bike maintenance is an action itself. I can see how someone can fall in love with the act of building and maintaining a high quality bike. Just think of the act of making music. Some people enjoy writing and creating music even more than consuming it.

Blackberry's avatar

I don’t like gaming, I just like saving money while not being bored and games help me with that.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Is it an either / or choice?

I think that neither stands alone. It’s the combination that gives value. In your case, love of biking requires a bicycle. In your friend’s case, mechanical tinkering is his passion but he requires a bike to tinker with, t be fulfilled.

Your question is sort of like: which is more important, your heart or your lungs?

rojo's avatar

For me, it is a combination. I prefer the action to the equipment but I do develop an affinity for certain pieces. At least they acquire a certain sentimental value.

When I was actually caving it was hard for me to give up my seat harness I used for rapelling. It was a strong, trustworthy piece of equipment, the first I had purchased and I had it for years. I realized it was approaching the end of its life, becoming worn and the stitching beginning to fail but I just kept using it. I finally had to take my knife and slice it into three pieces to force myself to buy a new one. It was an emotional experience.

Stinley's avatar

@elbanditoroso No it’s not an either/or, it’s a question about relative values. I do certainly agree that the object enables the action and the action justifies the object and together there is synergy. I was just curious to see if people were polarised like the bike shop man and me and what it was about the action and the object that stirred them.

janbb's avatar

Well I sure don’t love my feet.

ucme's avatar

Object: Vagina
Action: Sex
Nope, can’t choose, like both :D

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I love photography. I love taking photographs and I love my camera. I’m a bit of a geek and left to my own devices and given bottomless pockets I could quite easily go into a shopping frenzy and buy more cameras. I don’t need them. I have two and lenses to go with them. I think I’d have to sit on the fence if I had the opportunity.

longgone's avatar

Difficult question. I have two top hobbies: Reading, and dog training.

With the dogs, it’s complicated. My older dog is not as active as she used to be, play and training sessions are getting shorter. I still love her to bits.

In general, though, I think I mostly love the process of teaching animals. A dog’s personality is very important to me, for that reason. Though I can appreciate all dogs, there are plenty I am incompatible with. While typing this, there is a crazy Border Collie-mix staring at me. I enjoy spending time with him, but his intense personality can drive me nuts at times – when we’re getting ready for a walk, he gets so worked up the excitement makes him sneeze over and over again. I’ll take a laid-back dog any day!

With reading, it is definitely the action. I am attached to some childhood books, but if I know I will not ever read a book again, I am usually fine giving it away.

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