“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
-Anonymous Greek Proverb
What happens to a society where the old men hoard wealth and wage wars to insure the merit of that wealth? What happens when the common folk admire and aspire to that wealth and intend only to grow these things which generate their own dependency to an addiction without substance? This society is falling and these old men know that. These old men gave you a choice. You decided and they do not intend to fall with you.
Here is a clue: Ask yourself if all of the modern solutions for better living are luxuries to you or necessities? Would you die without your electricity, your plumbing, your medications, etc.? Is it true that no matter how much is given to you as a species that it can never be a luxury? Will you always require more when given more? If so, then why should you have any more? Everybody is on life support whether they know it or not. Incapable, inadequate products of a choice to seek convenience over experience reduce the gift of life to nothing more than a nuisance to the self righteous perspective of the entitled.