The ancient Egyptian pharos forced the common people to pull huge stones in to place, to build fantastic pyramids. The pyramids are the symbol of the glory of the pharo.
I go to work each day to help my employer build his pyramid. In exchange he gives me a little money (little compared to what he gets).
I take that money and give it to another corporation to help them build their pyramid. In exchange they make someone in Asia toil in a sweatshop to make some object out of non-renewable resources.
I give that object to you to show you how much I love you. (Huh?)
That item adds to the clutter of your life. You feel similarly obligated to do the same to me.
One day you throw it away, and it makes landfills a bit bigger.
Does this make any sense?