Hoarding is a disturbing mental illness that possibly stems from commercialism.
The Philosopher Erich Fromm forecast a society obsessed with possessions. He believed that human beings had two basic orientations, having and being.
The person with the having orientation seeks to aquire things, property and to even possess people.
The person with the being orientation focuses on the experience. They derive meaning from the exchanging, engaging and sharing with other people.
Fromm also predicted a culture driven by commercialism like the one we live in now is doomed to the “having” orientation which leads to disatisfaction and emptiness.
Did you know that in 1960 there was no such thing as public storage?
And did you know that today the amount of gross revenue from public storage in the year 2007 has crossed 20 billion dollars and the per-facility revenue has been over three hundred thousand dollars. [source]
You have to wonder if this isn’t a condition that we created by manufacturing too much stuff!
Team FullCircles Ottawa
(Information for this post actually came from an episode of CSI;-)
Footnote by egs:
“The number of companies whose prime income is from providing storing facilities is phenomenal and it is still growing. The amount of gross revenue in the year 2007 has crossed 20 billion dollar and the per-facility revenue has been over three hundred thousand dollars. ”