One can live without material, but cannot live without that spark of feeling which motivates a person to move forward and not continue.
Happiness is a sublime feeling. Benjamin Franklin very appropriately summarizes this by saying, “Happiness consists more in small conveniences and pleasures that occur everyday, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life”.
Nicholas Barbon, very accurately states “if strictly Examined, nothing is absolutely necessary to support Life, but Food; for a great part of Mankind go Naked, and lye in Huts and Caves”. David Hume states that middle rank is the best. The rich are mostly immersed in pleasure, and the poor are always struggling for necessities. The middle position provides the best opportunity to acquire virtue, wisdom and happiness.
Greater power requires a greater degree of understanding and responsibility; understanding which makes them attuned to their real nature and inner strength, without which all the material pursuit cannot yield happiness.