Today I went for an evening walk at Shankey Tank at 5:30 PM, the correct timing. Thanks, God! Every day I notice people very carefully. Their attitude, lifestyle, culture, and behavior. A nice group discussion was going on some hours back. My colleagues think I live in an ideal world that doesn’t exist. I was speaking about the health and the lifestyle! How to improve yourself? They were giving me numerous examples of luxury. I was defending, trying to make a better understanding of lifestyle but getting confused to conclude a proper answer.
I was thinking during my walk; I gave an example, “How many laptops you can use at a time?” They answered, “Two.” My point of judgment to the social behavior and improve human lifestyle worked here. I come up with a conclusion!
I was not thinking deeply. As an example like ‘rich’ and ‘poor’, very common concept the rich become high, and the poor become weak. One benefited another one is being used. Sharing between the two extreme levels is a complete fantasy. You may think, “Why am I saying so?? Blaming the top and protecting the below…” It doesn’t change anything. Is it?
What is the lifestyle?
Let me come directly to the point. A week ago I ordered a vacuum mug, the costliest one available in the market. Divya, one of my colleagues, made a point. In silhouette voice, she asked, “Why you ordered a costly one?” Few hours back I was defending poor, and now I have ordered the most expensive vacuum mug. It creates a moral quandary that somehow I am also two-faced like the celebrities and the business men. I just asked, “What is the lifestyle?” The confusion is very natural because the cosmopolitan society teaches us the capitalistic marketing strategies, where the luxury means the way of improving life.
There is a sharp gap between these two words. It’s like a slice ray of light that separates the dark and the bright room.
Suppose you have earned money to buy yourself a luxury car. This luxury car was a dream to you. To purchase this car, you have worked every day for last five years. The word luxury has been attached to the car but should it be called as luxury? I say, it is a lifestyle, it is not luxury. Then what is luxury?
First tell me, how many mobile phones you have changed in last three years? If your answer is more than six, then it is the luxury. How frequently are you having dinner in the costliest restaurants in the town? If it’s more than five days a week, then it is the luxury. How many cars do you have for your personal use? If it’s more than one at a time, it is the luxury?
Lifestyle is to improve our daily life. It is a practice of doing good, to feel the happiness. Take care of your health, work out, proper food habit, cultural involvement, social causes, events, traveling, hobbies, recreation, etc.
The point is related with consumption and buying behavior. If a person buys a property, and then he can’t buy another immediately, that means he just added an extra value in his daily lifestyle. I find no luxury in it because it is his fundamental requirement. But if a person is buying multiple similar objects at a time and using only one then he is consuming without his primary need. It should be calling the luxury.