When I growing up I was led to understand that only water, food, and shelter were necessary, and that if we had more than that, then we’d been blessed with abundance.
I’ve since learned that it’s not so simple, and that the definition of what necessities are has changed drastically over time, and especially in western countries.
A hundred years ago indoor plumbing was most likely regarded as a luxury, but nowadays it’s a necessity.
Before World War One, a motor car was regarded as a luxury, because only rich people had them.
And just one hundred years ago servants were regarded as a necessity rather than a luxury.
You didn’t have to be rich to have servants and even a quite humble person, such a small shopkeeper say or a clerk, would be able to afford at least “a maid of all work”, known as ‘the girl’.
The better off you were then, then the more servants you’d have and almost nobody thought of doing without servants unless they were extremely poor.
Servants were almost a necessity then , whereas now, they’d be considered a major luxury!
So what do you think?