You mean, from the perspective of the article?
I meant those are questions worth examining on the concept of detachment itself. It ties into the article, because they cover similar themes, but the concept by itself can be pretty deep and profound if it's something you want to explore. You don't necessarily have to look at the subject from a spiritual perspective, if you don't feel inclined (for whatever reason), and still get something out of the practice.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
So without bringing religion into this, I tend to view detachment in terms of how it can liberate us. To do that, I view attachment as kind of like an anchor. When we anchor ourselves too much to the beliefs that we hold, the relationships we have, the things we possess, and the desires that are within us, we bind ourselves in place. These bindings can prevent us from thinking critically and objectively, limit the decisions we chose to make and the actions we take, and blind us to observing and pursuing what is meaningful in life. Additionally, attachment can cause us to feel grief, anger, confusion, and a whole mess of other emotions that can cause us to act negatively and improperly, causing harm both to ourselves and the world around us. Like everything else in life, it's about moderation. Because our beliefs, our relationships, our possessions, and our desires are all important aspects of our lives, and give us motivation and direction, to turn away from them all completely can cause us just as much harm and suffering as embracing them in totality and without care.
There was a person on here before you who once expressed romantic thoughts about poverty and thinking that being impoverished was a noble thing. Quite a few people on here pointed out that poverty itself is cruel and hard and that what this person really desired wasn't to live in a state of poverty, but a state of simplicity. The virtues and benefits are there, but without the hardship and suffering.
I don't know how much you know about me, but I like to collect things. I collect a lot of things. Namely books and antiques. I am, by nature, a very materialistic person, and for many reasons I'm seeing the need to grow out of that state. A few years ago if someone proposed the idea that a disaster came and took away all of my possessions, I think it would be safe to say that I would experience a great amount of grief and despair. I can't say how much, because it's hard to know how you'll react in a situation until it happens. Today though, I'd like to think I'm doing better. I'm slowly decluttering, selling some stuff, giving away others, and making tough decisions about what is and isn't worth holding onto and why I feel that way. I think if a disaster came today and took away all of my possessions, I'd still feel grief and despair, but I'd like to think and I certainly hope, that it'd be less than what I would have felt just a few years ago. That there, is a simple, tangible example of the liberating power of detachment.