Charlie Chaplin on Luxury

The dictionary defines LUXURY as a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth. A second definition goes like this – something that is expensive and not necessary.

I think that’s why it’s called luxury – it’s something that is above and beyond what you need. When something you don’t need becomes your way of life, you are redefining your need level a notch higher. What used to be a luxury now becomes a necessity. And your happiness now becomes dictated by being able to sustain this unnecessary necessity.

There is nothing wrong with aspiring to enjoy luxury, whether it be ‘great comfort, ease or wealth.’ I would certainly jump on it when I can. The challenge is in staying grounded to reality, and resisting the temptation to get sucked into such luxury, leading to a desire that that is so unrealistic it robs happiness out of the simple things in life.

Charlie Chaplin said it well: “The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.”

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