I remember reading your post and identifying with
everything in it. Really, you put into words
what I was feeling in my heart. Especially this
The desire to own things (i.e., cels) is
dangerous, because you can never have enough.
You have to make sure that you're not misplacing
that desire that really ought to be tied to
I think many of us felt that soul-deteriorating
feeling when we acquire too many Things. And I
think that this "hobby" makes it extra-hard to
avoid being overly materialistic, because it is
all about the acquisition of Things. That's fine
in moderation, but we tend to celebrate
materialism here. And every time someone
says, "I'm addicted and I love it!", I worry that
some impressionable newbie might buy into that
mentality, thinking, "the people who are saying
that are seasoned cel collectors, so that must be
a key to their success."
I'd rather that people say, "Isn't this piece
gorgeous? I can't stop staring at it; the art is
so compelling!" than say that they're addicted.
I think it's nicer to have a postive sentiment
embedded in the groupthink than a negative one.