In 2012, 12 people became billionaires in America while 250 thousand people fell below the poverty line, and so we understand that the eager desire to get or keep for oneself is thriving. It’s a deadly sin, if you believe in those sorts of things, but here in our country we don’t. We believe in achievement. We believe in free markets. We watch Hoarders to feel better about our own poverty. The gift of the hoarder is that he, like a billionaire, has quantitatively more than we do but, unlike a billionaire, qualitatively less. We don’t want what the hoarder’s got. We don’t envy the hoarder his vast but meager collection. We pity it. We feel, from experience, that it’s better to have less. 

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