Saturday, September 7, 2013

People Who Live in Big Houses Shouldn't

Well, I thought I've seen it all; but Giselle Bundchen's (or whatever the hell her name is) and Tom Brady's new house in California is just so over the top, I can't stand it.

Alright, if you have the money and you can afford to buy all the furniture it would take to fill a museum sized home, more power to you.  I don't really care about flagrant, in your face, shows of status and money unwisely spent.  If it makes a person happy; better to be happy than unhappy.  I just sort of sense an emptiness about those big places that fills me with a strange, unexplainable sadness.  I really wouldn't want to live in one.  I lose my glasses too often to want to get that much exercise looking for them.

What's funny about the house that the Supermodel/Quarterback share is it's supposedly built to the highest green standards.  Excuse me?  Going green means going less.  When one considers the cost of air conditioning on a house that size, sorry - there's nothing green about it.  Just enormous consumption of valuable natural resources while most people in the world don't even have clean drinking water.  Alas, happiness does come at a cost, usually built on some misery of faceless others.  Or at least, status does.

It's hot in Louisiana this week.  My energy efficient house is nice and cool, and it costs me about $72 a month to keep it that way.  I would not trade this cute little place for any mansion in Bel Air or anywhere else.  I would simply feel like a very large pig, hogging the slop tray.  That sounds so Charlie Manson and I don't mean I think rich people are pigs.  I just think they are ignorant about what's truly meaningful. 


AlexisAR said...

Where some people are concerned, I don't know why at some point it doesn't occur to them that enough is enough, and that anything so far in excess of what they really need is something someone else who needs it more won't get the opportunity to earn it.

My parents aren't "rich'" by the standards of anyone except for seomeone living in poverty, although they earn comfortsble salaries. our last two homes have been comfortable but a fraction of what my parents' salaries would buy because thre's a limit to how indulgent anyone should be.

I know one family who is legitimately wealthy, not Bill gates wealthy, but millionaires many times over just the same. They live in a house that is more extravagant than anything I'd care to own even if it were ever possible in my lifetime, which is highly unlikely.

Still, at least the house is manageable enough that they clean it themselves except for a once-a month going over from a professional service, and the do most of the yardwork except for the mowing themselve. Some rich people, especially those who are self-made or didn't come into their money through celebrity or sport, don't forget their humble origins.

Citizen X said...

I certainly don't have any difficulty with people having everything they want, be it in their homes, cars, art collections, etc. I just think having so much blinds us to those that have so little. Even if it doesn't, the sense of entitlement inherent in material wealth is one that is hard to overcome in any other aspect of the life experience.

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