today's luxuries are tomorrow's necessities
May 25, 2007 7:50pm CST
Compared to necessities,luxuries can refer to something pleasant and often expensive thing that is not necessary. From a jistorical point of view, most things which were luxuries when they first came into being became necessities later. When the electric bulb was first invented in the U.S.,it was such a luxury that only government bodies could afford to use it. Nowadays .however ,it has reached every part of the world . It is the same case with telephone ,TV,cell phones and a lot of other things ,which become a necessity when it is widely used. I think there sre mainly three resxons responsible for the faster speed of this chang process. For one thing .science and technology are highly developed . For an other ,the technology can be quickly transferred to products.Morever,people's purchasing power has increased remarkably.
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• United States
26 May 07
To a degree I agree with you, but yet to another I don't. Light bulbs are not mandatory to survival, and neither are TV's radios, cars or anything else along those lines that I can think of. I could find a job closer to home and ride a bike or walk. There are many third world countries that would be delighted to have the "luxeries" we as Americans take for granted. However, you are right, purchasing power has increased remarkably, as has technology, and I guess that would be what makes is think of these luxeries as neccesities. Good post grownup, welcome to myLot and happy posting!