Like all religions it appears hers is rife with contradictions... my favourite, be happy with what you have and minimise your consumption. So there is a truth. No mention of who gets to decide any of this. I mean what if I decide that I "need" that big house, or that bag of chips, or that video game? Am I allowed to determine my own path to happiness or are certain paths just "bad"? And if there are some that are just bad, will action be taken to limit or remove bad elements from the society?
We're used to this in the political arena (everyone talks past each other), but I'm always a little surprised when folks who have thought deeply about spiritual questions have difficulty grokking this.