Why do people acquire more than they need to live? Take note that the issue of how much is necessary in order to live a sustainable and a satisfactory life, depends on the definition you choose to pick.
The communist definition of necessary lead to many poor citizenry, because it disregarded the need for one to actualize themselves, and in the absence of this possibility, people cannot live a life well lived, as all they do is work a lot and receive little pay, since the tax in a communist society is very harsh, making life in a communist state very difficult for many.
Hence why whenever I write about the sphere of necessity I also include self-actualization. However, the issue of self-actualization largely depends on what do you like to do in life, whether it’s in work or in your free time or both. Because the issue of self-actualization is generally vague and depends on the individual’s preferences, it’s difficult to generally determine how much is necessary to have on a universal degree.
Some may disagree with me, and that’s okay, but I view the printing of my books necessary for my needs of self-actualization. Some people, who have different skills and preferences than me, may find their necessary satisfaction in life in other fields of purchasing, that may or my not be cheaper than the annual-designated printing of my books.
Hence why it would be technically difficult to answer the question of the first paragraph, because when it comes to self-actualization there may be people that say that their purchases are necessary for this need, and some people may be self-deceived that it is indeed the case, while in reality it’s nothing more than an addiction.
So the result of all I just wrote here is that people may acquire more than they require because of two primary reasons: they are either addicted and they know it, or they believe that their acquirement is important to their self-actualization need, but are in fact deluded by their own thinking.
To determine whether or not the acquirement is indeed for self-actualization or not, I may suggest trying to set a period where you won’t buy these designated products at all, and then see how do you cope in their absence.
If you can manage to do without these products on this extensive period of trial, then you will be able to know that you are indeed not addicted to these products whatsoever. If, however, the opposite results arrive, then you might be addicted and not just doing so for your self-actualization.