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It is easy to glibly state that a materialistic life is hollow and shallow. However, those who complain about excess of materialism in life are either those prophets who have experienced materialistic pleasures only to discover that it is not beneficial or those who have not been lucky enough to enjoy such pleasures.
Those who enjoy their share of materialistic pleasures before renouncing it have the right to speak about it. They are aware of the lure of the pleasures of the flesh and senses. Having lots of money in your hand will automatically help you buy happiness. Whether this is true or not, there is no denying that not having sufficient cash in hand will always pose problems.
Renouncing materialistic pleasures does not mean one should glorify poverty. Such an approach may seem nice to hear and debate but is not practical or feasible. A certain level of materialistic needs must be fulfilled for continuation of society and mankind.
As far as the limits of such desires are concerned, this is something that must be attained through self realization. It cannot be imported from outside. All great prophets and seers have always spoken on the emphasis of satisfaction of mind and body before proceeding further. How can you announce something that you have not experienced till date?
Hence, do not convert the various criticisms against materialism into an excuse for laziness. Rather, try to maintain a steady lifestyle that keeps yourself and your family in good health and then try to avoid excessive materialism. Excessive materialism may be bad but it is indispensable if you restrict yourself from going overboard.