He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. -- Luke 3:11
Yesterday, the kids and I went to a party at someone's gorgeous new second home outside of Palm Springs. The owners are retired empty-nesters who spend most of the week in their beautiful house in the Los Angeles area and then go to their desert property for weekends.
I dearly love these folks (they are relatives), but I have to say that I feel uncomfortable about the idea of people having two houses just for fun when there are other people who have no home at all. It's similar to my zealousness about saving leftovers and eating them. It really bothers me to throw away perfectly good food and go buy more when there are people starving all over the world.
If people decided not to buy luxurious houses they don't need just because they can, wouldn't home builders then put those resources toward building smaller houses for people of modest means?
Also, any time I see more of the planet getting paved over, I hope that it's because there is a real need to do so.