What is a luxury? Is it a good thing or is it a bad thing? Most people can describe what a luxury is, but the World Book Dictionary gave me an accurate definition. A luxury is defined as the comforts and beauties of life beyond what is really necessary. Immediately, most luxuries that I think of relate to the latest technology in the world. Computers, cd players, cellular phones, and all sorts of nifty little gadgets are all luxuries to me. Again, they are not necessary and anyone can live without them; however, becoming dependent upon them is the life we choose to live. Once a person obtains a luxury, a sense of attachment occurs. Soon, that unnecessary comfort becomes a necessity and a bond forms between the owner and his luxury. Finally, the last step develops between him and the necessity. The person becomes totally dependent upon his luxury and nothing else matters.
Because people often become so dependent upon luxuries, bad things can happen. The luxury becomes more important than friends and sometimes even family members. An unfavorable reputation develops for this person and sometimes we say that the person's life revolves around his luxuries. Personally, I have been there and experienced this kind of stupor or addiction to a possession of mine.
I met Denny Hippchen and Aaron Steinmetz during my first year at Shasta High School and these two young men awakened my interest in computers. A computer has been around me ever since. You could call it a luxury but now I am so used to using the computer that it is now a necessity. All of my homework is done on my computer, and it is one of my many ways of communicating. It provides entertainment, music, school needs, and many other things upon which I depend. In a sense, the computer has become indispensable to me. I am now to the point where I cannot live without a computer. My computer beckons me to sit in front of it and to play a game, to surf the Net, or e-mail a friend. I can research an item by simply pressing a key and print the information for reference without ever lifting a pencil. Computer technology is a luxury that has me and millions of others dependent. Our future is dependent on it, too. When I first obtained a computer, it was my top priority. If something was wrong with my computer, then all my friends could wait. Family was definitely at the bottom of my list because all I cared about was that little bit of technology sitting on my desk. I then realized what a dunce I had become. Family and friendship are much more important than any luxuries. I, unfortunately, had to learn that the hard way.
Overall, humans often get too attached to their own luxuries. A man buys a new car and gets totally involved with it to the point he ignores his family. It is a mistake that all people make but it is not a problem that cannot be fixed. If a person relies on earthly things to live by, they learn. Whether it is the hard way or the easy way, people learn not to put luxuries at the top of their priorities. Often, a person's luxuries are not physical objects. Many people take advantage of other people or, for that matter, our government. Thousands of families every year receive welfare when they do not need it. Those families consist of lazy, unmotivated persons who will milk the government for every penny. The welfare check they receive has become a luxury to them and it has become something they cannot live without.
Luxuries are simply comforts of life spoiling humans. We become lazy from luxuries and, occasionally, they are not good for our health. People can die because of luxuries and I see them (luxuries) as the little devil that tells you to try anything. "Hey! What could be wrong with getting a new computer or that $100,000 car that you do not need? There is nothing wrong with that; live on the edge!" That's what people hear. It's not good for them and Thoreau was quoted, "We do not ride upon the railroad,