Excessive luxury Unnecessary luxury Wasteful personal consumption Unsustainable personal consumption Artificial needs
Once bodily wants are satisfied and efficiency is maximized any meeting of further desires is a luxury. The consumption of luxuries has economic, social and ethical importance. Expenditure on superfluities has a tendency toward relaxation of concentrated effort. In extreme cases it weakens moral fibre and opens the way to dangerous excesses. It not only tends to injure the person whose life is luxurious but acts on others by force of example. Once a group of people have become accustomed to an unnecessary luxury, it cannot be withdrawn except by violence.
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