well, my Granny told me, "People are what's important, not things." so... if 'things' are kept in the proper prospective, they aren't a problem.
I do believe that we are all part fo the divine and that treating ourselves kindly is honoring that.. but obviously that can not be so if it takes away from someone else...
so I guess having things isn't 'bad' acting badly to GET them IS.
To another point on the thread about rich Pagans... well... I guess I'm one of the few that is both... and I was having a laugh today comming from my daughter's school athletics day... of all the Mom's I'm probably one that is 'worth' the most, yet there i sat in a pair of sandals that broke a month ago but that I cut off the broken bits and recobbled so they still look OK and don't fall off my feet in a shirt I bought a goodwill, sun glasses from the gas station wearing jewlery my husband made me.
While all the other mothers had brought store bought cakes and sodas for a picnic, we had grapes, homemade apple cake and home brewed iced tea in a thermos before I hopped into my 15 year old scratched up greenie-bumper stickered Mazda, nosing out around the polished Bmers and went off to work...
I found myself wondering if I was rich BECAUSE i don't really want anything more than my needs met.. (or maybe i'm just excentric)
I also heard a few days ago, a new collegue complemented me on a scarf I was wearing (silk hand painted with oak leaves, as that is what my last name means....it was a gift) and another collegue said "Ohh that Tanya she has tons of beautiful clothes...." I didn't have the heart to tell her the only new piece of clothing I've bought besides undies in the last decade was my wedding dress... the rest I got from goodwill, yard sales, found along hiking trails or picked up at the town dump...lmao
Mmmm . . . I might like you. I'll take some time to know for sure (no offense), but I like the light-hearted conversational tone of your posts and your normalcy. I don't care much for people who try too hard. You sound very pleasant.