This is a question I have quietly (in my head) asked many people the last few years. With the worldwide decline in the economy and the tremendous loss of material possessions.
Many people have been left “materially naked”. Without these material things to cover ourselves, we have been left with the person in the mirror. And for many, the person in the mirror is the person they most despise. It was not until this massive worldwide loss of material possessions came about that many people realized how much “stock” they put into “things”.
It has become very apparent that as a society, we tend to define and value ourselves by “what we have”. For me, I like things, but I am not attached to them. If I have them… great, if I don’t fine. If I have to get rid of something… I do and really do not think about how the next person views the disappearance of that material possession. I am happy nonetheless.