Have you heard of Mariah Carey’s Hello Kitty Room? Having too much of anything terrifies me. As I have previously mentioned, I am a consumerist like the vast majority of us. When I write something I print it, when I find a mistake, I reprint it. I buy too many clothes. I occasionally waste fresh food and someone must be coming in to my house and leaving stacks of books because every time I turn around there’s another pile of them, even though I promised not to buy any more.
We collect things we like
Often, when we find something we really like, we want to collect lots of it. When I was younger, it was Barbies. Now as a woman in my mid thirties, it’s clothes and jewellery. I usually don’t have too much trouble letting go of things, although, as I have written before, it’s not always easy. Mariah Carey’s Hello Kitty Room is something I really wanted to comment on!
Mariah Carey has a whole room devoted to her Hello Kitty crap
A few years ago I found a picture of Mariah Carey in her Hello Kitty room and it terrified me. I thought, “Why on earth does a grown woman need a Hello Kitty room?” it reminded me of Michael Jackson and his statues and chimpanzees. When you have chimpanzee food on your weekly bill list – you know you have become a total weirdo.
When I see people with massive collections of unnecessary things, I really wonder how they can look at all those items and now feel like they are looking at an unfulfilled part of themselves. An American comedian once said, “No matter how many houses and how many rooms you have in how many countries, you can only ever sit your butt in one chair.”
It’s true, isn’t it?
With possessions come responsibility, think of those English families who have inherited grand stately homes that cost millions of dollars a year to maintain. More often than not, these homes have to be broken up and sold in portions, or handed over to the local councils. It’s hard to maintain lots of things.
Jerry Seinfeld’s car collection
Jerry Seinfeld has 46 Porsches. Yuh huh. “So what?” I hear you say, “The man has earned millions and worked so hard and is so talented, surely he deserves to buy what he likes.
In fact, if one cares to research, one can find out that Jerry actually supports no less than seven charities and 11 causes, so he is obviously a very generous, giving person too… as well as being outrageously materialistic. FYI Jerry’s car garage features four separate garage spaces, an elevator, a club room, a pool table, a kitchenette and bathroom, and a sizable office. I can only imagine that to run and maintain this garage it probably costs him several millions of dollars a year.
Am I being a little harsh calling someone outrageously materialistic for owning 46 Porsches?
Hell no. Anybody who owns 46 Porsches should be ashamed of themselves, I don’t care how much they have given back to society. That is sheer opulence, and I almost find it offensive. And I am a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld, I’m sure he’s a great guy in general.
Really, why should I care so much about what other people do?
I just feel that our society is so disposable now and we really think we need more than we do. I see people at work now and each of us have two computer screens, a laptop, and iphone and many bring an ipad too. All these appliances cost money to own, maintain and run and really, how many devices do we need to stay in touch?
I almost resent how much crap I need just to function in normal society. I admire those people who go off the grid, but I enjoy being plugged in too much. A typical Libran, I love beautiful things, and possessions can make us happy, and can enhance our lives.
But no one needs a Hello Kitty room
Enjoy Hello Kitty, love Hello Kitty, buy your daughter a Hello Kitty doll at Christmas but do not waste thousands of dollars devoting a whole room to crap that is just going to end up as landfill. That’s just bullshit. Mariah Carey’s Hello Kitty Room is just something that is over the top.
And a note to people who dress up their dogs
OK – this is a contentious issue and I know I will potentially anger people by saying this, but, your dog does not need dress up clothes. Your dog does not need doggy pyjamas. Your dog does not need a rhinestone encrusted collar. That is bullshit. Dogs do not need, want or desire any of these things. These things are about YOU. Your dog will not love you any more or less because you have bought her a sparkly collar. The dog won’t even know. Spend the money on something to benefit a human and give your dog 10 minutes of attention and affection instead. That will make your dog happier.
But who am I to judge what you want to buy?
You could come into my closet and pull out 15 jackets I never wear and 20 pairs of shoes that give me blisters. I buy and consume and waste just as much as the next person. Mariah Carey’s Hello Kitty Room is something that really struck a chord with me.
OK I normally don’t quote old nuns in my blog – but she makes a good point:
“There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.” — Mother Teresa