Me: Please let Ted have the bookcase.
Primo: But I want it!
Me: It will cost an arm and a leg to ship and it will take up all the space in the living room. It will loom.
Primo: It would be a nice place to put our books.
NB. There is almost no "our" to the books in this house. I travel light. I borrow books. I cannot afford to buy all that I read and I have no interest in owning books. Primo has a ton of books he has not read.
Me: We do not need all those books.
Primo: But what if civilization starts to collapse? And there are no books? Don't you want to have some?
Me: If civilization is collapsing, the last thing I will be worrying about is something to read. I will be trying to find someone who can hunt and I will be learning how to purify water.