- Jack Rowe
- Portland, OR
- United States
Student - B.A Architecture, Texas A&M University - College Station
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Today, luxury fundamentally amounts to the ability to be wasteful with money, time, etc. Can we redefine luxury?
lux·u·ry noun \ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē, -zh(ə-)rē\
2: a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort : sumptuous environment
Luxury is desirable to everyone. The vast majority of human knows not luxury but poverty - on the other end of the spectrum. From American society, it is apparent that the wealthy do not have more needs, but instead are frivolous with the necessities that they do possess which we can simplify to currency. In layman's terms, luxury is the ability to be wasteful. Why should this be the case? So many of the joys of living do not require waste.
As a species, we are at a crucial point in our history where we must make tremendous changes regarding the way we live and consume. Certainly, there is a way to redefine luxury. "Enough" instead of "abundance" and "ease and comfort" instead of "great ease and comfort." When we have as much as we NEED, we have ENOUGH. Abundance is surplus and should be shared with those who are in deficit.
It would be interesting to hear ways that you think "luxury" could be changed to separate it from the concept of "wastefulness" in a time where our future generations depend on the changes we start to make today.