'What right have you to take the word 'wealth'
which originally meant 'well-being'
and degrade and narrow it by confining it
to certain sorts of material objects measured by money?'
A question remains about the validity of a particular acquisition -
where, if anywhere does one draw the line
between self-indulgence and potential need?
To take but one example, is it justifiable to spend money
purchasing a recording of Handel's Oratorio Theodora,
or to invite a group of friends to dine
in a relatively expensive restaurant?
There is no easy answer to this puzzle -
simplicity is about acceptance of limits,
yet it cannot exclude the enrichment of music
and the celebration of friendship.
Both are rich in ends. Both contribute in subtle, meaningful ways.
So the answer depends on motivations and frequencies,
priorities and budget as well as the maintenance of balance between