“Why Me Syndrome” or WMS is one of the most fatal viruses to hit earth, it ranges from short termed, if given a “GAL” (get a life) shot, to terminal if it receives sympathy instead of treatment.
It's beyond shocking, that even within our privileged lives we're still so ungrateful. Speaking to a friend, I discovered that the word kafir as used in the Quran and islamic literature in its raw form actually means 'ungrateful'.
So... the greatest achievement in life is to reach contentment. A place where what you have is sufficient and God is enough. It is in the attainment of this 'higher plane” that sufis, saints and sadhus have spent decades. What would cause one to remove ones self from society to stand on one leg, on a mountain top for an eon? Don't get me wrong I don't believe that islam is about isolation. Personally I think it's somewhat easier to live removed from sin and society (whether you believe that they are two separate concepts or not) I see the true challenge as existing within the crazy world and still obeying God's commands.
The pursuit of material wealth has somewhat jaded us, the modern day idols have far more shrines and temples than all the “old religions” combined. Apart from a constant greed to acquire more, they have made us oblivious to the fact that although as humans we may want a lot, we really need very little to survive.