I would like to start a discussion on the virtue of gaining wealth by focusing on "growing" what you have, as opposed to wanting to "acquire" what others have. Esoterically, this is known as "coveting." It is also known as "the grass is greener on the other side of the hill."
I would like to gather together wealth by improving upon what I already have. Now, that is not meant to mean that I am saying that people should buy nothing new to them. It is an attitude of saying to yourself,"I would like this, and I would like to improve that." The opposite is coveting, "I see what my neighbor has! I want what they have, and I am going to get it even if it means being hostile towards them!" It would be like going to the stock market and having one of two attitudes: the first being that I can buy stock because I would like to, and buying stock because other people are wealthier than you are and you want their wealth even if it means impoverishing them."
Sort of like "keeping up with the Jones'," except that I deem coveting to be much more than this. Some may say that it is human nature... I disagree. I suggest that it is human nature to want things, but not necessarily because others had it first! So what if my neighbor has something that I don't? It is actually self destructive to waste life trying to have just as much or more than others. If I can make myself wealthy by improving upon my own efforts, that is fine! However, I suggest that there are lots of people out there who want to be rich simpy because others are rich.
My philosophy is, if you are wealthy, that's great! However, it is just a terrible situation to have to strive for wealth simply because you can't stand others having more "stuff" than you do! In fact, I theorize that if people focused on growing their own wealth independently of whether or not other people are wealthy, it relieves a great burden in one's mind.