Art is the proper task of life

{January 30, 2007}   Sell Your Life on the Internet

I am not really sure what to make of this. Even the person who did this is not sure why he did it, so it won’t be right for me to deconstruct his motives for his actions.

A 24-year-old Australian surfer who sold his life, including baggage from a painful break-up, on eBay says he is still not quite sure why he did it.

Nicael Holt sold his name, phone number and all his possessions, including clothes, CDs, a surfboard, a laptop, a wonky pushbike, childhood photos and a “nice lamp” given to him by an ex-girlfriend, on the internet auction site.

It gets weirder here. Just the fact that his family and friends agreed to participate in this ‘experiment’ makes it all the more interesting (in a weird way of course).

In his sales pitch, Holt said the winner would be entitled to a four-week training course in how to be him — including lessons on how to surf, climb, skateboard, fire twirl and do handstands — as well as two months of on-call support afterward.

He also promised to introduce the winner to all his friends and potential lovers, including eight people he had been flirting with.

I must however say that his actions do raise important questions about the question of identity. None of this really makes sense except one fact which does makes sense i.e., Holt is a Philosophy student.  Don’t worry gals and guys, I won’t do such a thing unless ….. just kidding.


Suroor says:

Here is a message for the weirdo:

Allah has created Holt, even if he gets a Phd in Philosophy, deficient. His intellect is incomplete, deficient. He may be suffering from hormones that are making him emotional.

khonika says:

Someone actually paid money for “this”? How can one sell his/her life? This is probably the strangest thing I’ve heard in a long, long time!

arafat says:

Very, very fascinating! I know now what I will be contemplating in my dreams tonight…

ruby says:

How do you sell intagibles like a name and a phone number? Are there no legal issues here? I understand the lamp, bike etc…but your name? And isn’t the phone number property of the phone company really?
This is one bad breakup.

Aliana says:

Suroor, OMG now you are ‘dropping’ fatwas. lol

khonika, exactly my thoughts

arafat, don’t dwell on it too much. It can give one nightmares. 🙂

ruby, I don’t think the name transfer is going to be legal so Holt is still himself legally.

Maliha says:

I hope he got paid “enough” for it…

Truly strange concept.

Aliana says:

Maliha, from what I remember he got around 6000 dollars. Not sure if that’s enough.

Maliha says:

6000? *scoff* that’s a paltry price for an identity…to think about it, how much is enough?

Haleem says:

Bah! What’s in a name? A rose by any other name…

On second thoughts, a duffer by any other name …

Aliana says:

Maliha, 6000 is nothing. You are right, can there ever be enough?

Haleem, I think this is also some sort of a commentary on our postmodern world.

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