That's the culture we're traveling in," Mackenzie says. "Not much about its effects can be demonstrated scientifically, remember, but we can agree it gets to feeling pretty crazy after a while. How do you know what's of value and what's not? All the ads, all the news scream out that 'this is important, this is essential!' And somewhere in the imagination the idea gets planted: Without this stuff, I'm without protection. I'm lost. Anything could happen. The possibilities seem infinite, in part, I suppose, because there's so little evidence that as individuals we can control much of anything. Take technology--it's hyped as 'access to information,' as x, y, and z, the solution to the crises. As freedom--from anxiety, from fear. But it turns out that instead of being liberating, it's imprisoning. It's overload."
Perhaps this is the downside of the social change described by cdybedahl here.
Can I please add that I am not talking about ordinary mess. I live in a messy house. I am talking about people whose lives have collapsed, and the only appropriate response is compassion, and to accept that it is our responsibility to help when we can.