(A few of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos' nearly 3,000 pairs of shoes. She would have had to change shoes three times a day for two and a half years to wear them all - but American celebrities are giving her a run for her money.)

Today I have a column out on American's obsession with stuff. I didn't bother to ask if we ARE obsessed with stuff (this very blog is proof positive), but it remains to be seen if we can buy happiness too. Is it OK to have copious amounts of stuff, as long as you take care of it, use it, or derive happiness from it? How much is too much? 

Below, a few clebrities lead the pack in conspicuous consumption, posing next to their shoe trophies.
Mariah Carey

Christina Aguilera

Miley Cyrus

Nicky Hilton

50 Cent
Images: Marcos: manilagateway.com. Christina Aguilera: home-design-network.ning.com. Mariah Carey: pumpsicle.com. Miley Cyrus: decorpad.com. Nicky Hilton: fashionolic.blogspot.com. 50 Cent: celebrity-shoes.com


Averill said...

An excellent question....obviously I think having (and enjoying) your stuff is fine. And I do think it can bring a certain amount of happiness. I know that some of my shoes absolutely put a smile on my face. That said, I do think it's easy to get caught up in "having just to have" -- sort of unconscious consumption, if you will. And that's not good. Ultimately, stuff is fun, but I think you're more likely to derive happiness from experiences and people rather than things.

Samantha said...

Another nice essay.

I love stuff. I hate stuff. That pretty much sums it up for me.

Francine Gardner said...

Life is showing me how unimportant stuff is
Mind you I love fashion, shoes, a great ski suit and the very best skies or bikes but in the end, I am not attached to any of it. I would miss most my artwork and pieces collected over the year. I am very close to a lady who has accumulated so much over the years that we cannot even empty all the warehouse full of furniture...she certainly does not derive any pleasure from it at thisnstagebof her life. I do not want to ever become. Prisoner of my stuff

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Honestly, sometimes stuff really makes me happy. That said, if you have too much stuff I doubt it makes you happy because you likely don't really appreciate any of it.


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