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Should we view wealth hoarding as dysfunctional as any other form of hoarding?

We tend to view those who acquire and accumulate "stuff" endlessly as hoarders who are dysfunctional and requiring health care assistance. Therefore, those whose lives are an endless accumulation of wealth and who use that wealth for little more than acquiring ever more "stuff" and/or endlessly stimulating as many pleasure centers as they can as often as then can seem to fall into that dysfunctional category.

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We had quite a lively debate ensued on this topic. The majority of comments suggest that hoarding wealth is, in fact, dysfunctional and many offered insightful ways in which they saw that dysfunction being played out in the real world. They also point out that the harm caused by a wealth hoarder is generally imposed upon their community while for other forms of hoarding it is the hoarder themselves who bears the brunt of that behaviour.

There were a few who were opposed to the hoarding label and who appeared to have no problem with the endless accumulation of wealth, largely because they seem to believe that the wealth was still being invested but offered no validation of this premise. As well that seems to be a rather specious argument if all the investing does is acquire more wealth.

It was pointed out a number of times that hoarding can have very real health issues involved, both psychological and physical. However, whether those health issues are as problematic for the wealth hoarder who has estates with lots of gates, security and staff to hide behind as they are in the poor and middle class who are far more visible is uncertain. Although the number of wealthy celebrities who have overdosed on drugs and/or alcohol abuse may be one indicator.

But the most humorous comments appeared to take real umbrage with the mere suggestion that wealth was being hoarded and even employed old 20th century commie fear mongering to make their - rather dull - point. .

It seems that for the majority of contributors hoarding is hoarding and as such is as dysfunctional as other forms of hoarding but that we all experience the consequences of that dysfunction. .

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    Oct 27 2013: . I was using examples of a culture that is European has deeproots in scarcity and thusly preaches excess as a meme..and fails to acknowedge its excess...Other cultures and their geography had genuine trade Many. Europeans as colonialists were not traders but perhapes traitors to natives. world wide. A culture that had trade and gained wealth legitimately could afford to be more spiritual,and comfortable in their enviornment ..Europeans exiting from their mother country who had an uncomfortable homeland. focused on .resource hoarding,initially theft generated a whole preoccupation....but we see few weathy have the ability to do anyhting creative with their wealth...its just remains an abstract this behaviour overall is motivated by a version of the world as barren and nature must be overthrown.
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      Oct 28 2013: Thank you Carolyn for making this distinction. Your right about the differences and for me I suspect the real difference is simply one of a culturally shared perspective and little else. In words, a different attitude towards wealth and resources. .
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      Oct 30 2013: It is interesting how Euro and- Americanocentrism can express itself as the glorification of 'native cultures' who are 'more in tune with their environment' and live in some sort of unspoilt paradise. Such people are in dire need of a history lesson.

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