the following is the basic line of logic, expressed to me, as a possibility, of how some people live, in capitalist consumerist countries, and why.
we may accept the second best option for our lives.
the first best is total spiritual completness. understanding your life and role in the world as well as god's plan for your life. since this task is very hard very few people actualy attain it. yet if we do can not atain this we feel a void. thier is an emptyness that creates longing and self doubt. inorder to fill or partialy fill this void we select the second best option. this may include filling your life with extras that are concrete, percievable and more easily attainable then spiritual completness. we seek to be percieved as this or that, rather than actualy becoming this or that. physical, concrete and material wealth become the public percieprion of yourself. we are not actualy the sum of all our possesions, but we can pretend that they help us be who we want to be seen as.