HOARDERS, aren't we all in some way?
and the CSI connection to Erich Fromm

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Let me explain the hoarders and Erich Fromm connection through the following story...

The other day, I was watching CSI on TV (the Season 11 episode involving an extreme hoarders case), and I became aware of the philosopher Erich Fromm whose teachings are absolutely fascinating
(so I discovered...).

Erich Fromm

“If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?”

~Erich Fromm

For those of you who are familiar with CSI, I'll quote the dialogue between Langston and Nick that took place at the end of the episode, and prompted me to share this very interesting information that is definitely important food for thought.
You are more than welcome, in fact - I encourage you to share your own thoughts/ feelings/ stories on this here.



(Langston)"The philosopher Erich Fromm, he forecast a society that was obsessed with possessions. He believed that human beings have 2 basic orientationshaving and being.
Now – a person with the having orientation seeks to acquire and possess things, property, even people, while the person with the being orientation focuses on the experience, they derive meaning from the exchanging, engaging, and sharing with other people."

(Nick)"sounds like the right way to be…

(Langston)"Unfortunately Fromm also predicted that a culture driven by commercialism, like the one we live in today, is doomed to the having orientation, which leads to dissatisfaction and emptiness."

(Please pay attention and don't miss the following very important piece of information and ponder on it...)

"When you consider that in 1960 there was no such thing as public storage in America.
Today there’s over 2 billion square feet dedicated to it – makes you think he had a point…
Things don’t have to mean everything nor do they have to be devoid of meaning.
They are one of the ways in which we can experience and enjoy life."

(Nick)"As long as they don’t get in the way of living..."



Speaking of hoarders, just recently I moved house...
It's this type of thing that makes you aware of how much stuff one accumulates through life's journey.

And when this stuff moves with us - all our memories and the things that we simply can't just throw away - it should make us think...
Why are we even keeping this stuff...?

Some of us would have a lot of stuff, others would only have a little bit of stuff, but most of us would have something.
And when our life's journey is over, is anyone really going to care about this stuff?
Really, do we think or expect anyone to actually use it?

I was talking to a friend of mine this morning and she pointed out that some people are hoarders of emotions...
And she definitely has a point when we hold on to feelings (especially unpleasant ones... grudges...{The subject of Grudges is covered on Chapter 9 of my ebook 'It's a Wonderful Life' }) that serve no purpose yet still torment us (occasionally).

Just as it did with me, I think this subject raises a need for discussion and hence this page.

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