I believe just as hero Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said: Less is more. And, I really want to serve humanity as much as I can, which requires some rigorous awareness.
Willa Cather said, “The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing— desire.” I know I can’t escape it in this lifetime. I’m not willing to do what it takes. I believe to not consume would require leaving common day life and living in the woods. It would take an extreme act of isolation to not at least partially get mesmerized by desire or to not be saddened and overwhelmed by the suffering of this world.
Instead, I just do my best, follow the middle path and strive to be happy with, happy without, one day at a time.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”― Epicurus