While my personal aspirations do not currently, and never have included owning these types of things, I can certainly appreciate if and when others have another opinion. I believe the danger is when we focus on and obsess over these material items as this can lead to a decrease in human connection.
Throughout my travels, I have been afforded the incredible opportunity to see through many other eyes. I have seen poverty. Lots of poverty. IMMENSE amounts of poverty.
One might expect people who don't have so much to be unhappy. Yet, so many of these people I have met -- of all ages, races, genders, etc., and from so many places around the world -- have shocked me with quite the opposite. These people, to my consistent surprise, have been some of the happiest, friendliest, appreciative people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know.
Could it be then, that less could actually be more?