A large house requires extensive furnishings; the extensive grounds require upkeep. Beautiful, exotic cars require maintenance, but not nearly as much as a boat. A designer wardrobe requires cleaning and storage. All purchases require some thought: How much should I pay? What are the tax consequences? Is this a good investment? Does it need to be insured? The more things one has, the more thought they require, and it’s easy to lose your freedom of spirit and the ability to focus on the most important things in life, which aren’t things. And so often material objects are simply expensive toys, designed to impress others and having little real value to the owner.
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