Image via WikipediaIn a recent post, I wrote about the Christian value of living simply. While taking a short vacation, we passed several summer homes on a coastal boat tour of a summer vacation spot. The tour guide commented on the extremely lavish homes in so many words: "If these are their summer homes, I wonder what their main homes are like." These summer "cottages" were not cottages at all. In fact, what you saw on display was a mania to add one more thing, build one more addition, impose a new architectural twist to try to outdo oneself and others in these modern summer castles. Frankly, in some ways, this type of display is decidedly obscene, especially when we consider the living conditions of most people even in the affluent United States. It is not just pornography that is obscene. "Obscenity" is going too far--it is hubris that defies sane limits and dares to be stopped in an arrogant expression of stubborn, insatiable self-will. It is wrong both in its sexual degradations and in its material degradations. All such degradations are unseemly.