Living In The Material WorldI have had more than a tolerable number of people question (or outright chastise) my lack of materialism.
A former girlfriend constantly badgered me to buy a new car. Now the car WAS old, but it was comfortable, in good running condition and perfectly safe. It was like a broken record (for you young folks, that's how we listened to music before the existence of CDs, ipods & itunes). "You have a job. You can afford it. Why don't you buy a new car?" I believe she was less concerned with me having a nice car to enjoy as she was being seen in an old car. Note that she is a FORMER girlfriend.
Similarly, I once had a blind date. We met at the restaurant and had dinner. We walked to the parking lot and I leaned against my vehicle. She asked incredulously "Is THAT your car?" When I replied "Yes", the look on her face was one of great disappointment. Now I'm used to disappointed looks from women, but this was different. Needless to say, there was no second date.
I have likewise been questioned about my dwelling. "You're a professional person. Why don't you buy a home next to The Snootingtons?" My home may be modest, but is clean, comfortable, close to work and fulfills my basic housing needs. Why should I buy a home I don't need (let alone can't afford) just to be hoity-toity?
There are other examples, but these will suffice for now.
So, to all my so-called "friends" out there, I have this to say. While I appreciate your "concern", there is no need to worry. All my basic needs are covered. I am not depriving myself of anything important.
Since one of my EP friends "loves" my quotes so much, let me close with this one:
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly." --Thoreau