This world has a kind of "more" sickness. More complex, more profits, more technology, etc. What is not yet realized is how much can be done with simplicity. Quoting: chaol 183770
I am aware of this already, but I don't think I am as aware as you (a different perspective perhaps, he he). The medical field is a prime example of this which is too long to go into here.
Your mobile phone example is good. The reason for that is profit, but I think the rabbit hole goes deeper. I think the banking system and fractional reserve lending is the main culprit. Everybody needs to make more money to keep the money system going, so to speak. In the Western world (with the rest following suit) it's all about how much money you have in your bank account. If you are poor, you are a failure, that kind of representation.
I had a sort of mild transcendental experience whilst in the tropics on holiday smoking a cigar. It was like an inner dialogue where that topic came up much clearer. I could feel it as well as understand it. It was as if I was starting to understand someone else's perspective looking in, if that makes sense. Of course, the experience went and I was back in my old reality.
It's kind of like all Western ambitions being material, that would perhaps sum it up. No tribal belonging, too much individualism, a lack of expressive bonding, that sort of thing. It felt like a heart trap.
Sorry about ranting away about my experiences. Probably not interesting to most here. That's another thing I will be "working on", to stop talking as much about myself.
Self-betterment and all that.