(Brooke’s generosity Blog)
August 4, 2019

“Hoarders” is an American reality television series that debuted on A&E. The show depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder. The series premiered in August 2009 and concluded its original run in February 2013. It continues with re-runs and updates on the success or failures of those who were featured in the original episodes.

Each one-hour episode included interventions with two individual hoarders by a psychologist and a professional organizer.

I have been in homes like those featured in the show. If you feel guilty because you have too much stuff yet can still find your bathroom and kitchen counter in just a few minutes of tidying, then you are not a hoarder.

Hoarders have stacks of papers, stoves unusable because they are stacked high with debris, bathrooms that are unspeakable, and tiny pathways through the debris. And if they had a pet, well, use your imagination. This is a mental illness. It is also a growing illness in our culture. Each year more people are diagnosed with Hoarding OCD disorder.

What I find intriguing is that this show debuted as the most watched series in A&E history and remained very popular.

Even in biblical time there was hoarding and over emphasis upon one’s possessions. “Jesus, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me!”

Hoarding, as with so many illnesses of the mind and emotions, is made worse by fear and anxiety.  Today, even though relatively few people in western democracies are in genuine risk of hunger, there is a continuing rise in levels of fear and anxiety. Why? Because we choose to allow the voices of fear and anxiety to overwhelm our media and hinder the common sense that is increasingly less common.

Our ability to discern good choices is dependent upon us feeling secure enough to be able to reflect and think before committing to a source of action. Too often I let myself get bamboozled or coerced into a quick response that is not reflective 0f my deeper faith. Too often people are assaulted with media that shouts out FEAR and ANXIETY to all.

There is enough in our world for all. This is a measurable fact. There is enough, and we can produce this with environmental integrity and avoid increasing the risk of a global catastrophe. This is possible, but there are many voices who have chosen to pretend that this is not true. There is the myth of scarcity. And it is a myth. There is more than enough. We have less poverty as measured on an absolute index, today, than there has ever been in world history. We have more wealth, health and “stuff” than anyone else who has lived on earth.

There is enough, yet we desire more. We desire… We need… We must have…

“Please Lord, deliver us from our greed, and grant us the humble gratitude to say, “Thank You” and live in hope and generosity.
For our families and our world. Amen.”