Extreme Makeover Beneficiaries Lose their Home
July 29, 2008 4 Comments
ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of those uplifting shows which so captivate the viewing audience. A “deserving” family is picked from thousands of entrants to receive a new home complete with bells and whistles.
A “deserving” family is one which has had to deal with a tragic loss, a debilitating illness or a natural disaster. At the risk of sounding obtusely indifferent, I’m still not sure how tragedy makes one deserving of material possessions. That one might be compelled to offer up said things to those who are hurting is one thing, but to say that these things are deserved on the grounds of suffering, well that’s another.
Perhaps it is more egregious when the one undergoing suffering demands charity on the grounds of their suffering, for in that instance pride has manifested it’s fiendish head. As Dr. Piper wrote,
Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering.
Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have sacrificed so much.”
Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.
Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing.
A Georgia family who received a new home through the efforts of this program is about to lose that home, ‘Extreme Makeover’ house faces foreclosure.
According to the story, the family used the house as collateral for a $450K loan. The loan was for a now failed business venture. What the story does is seemingly frame the situation as if somehow the owners are victims of the foreclosure epidemic raging across the land. For example,
Three years later, the reality TV show’s most ambitious project at the time has become the latest victim of the foreclosure crisis.
Isn’t this typical? Take out a loan you can’t pay, lose your home as a result: you’re the victim. It is always somebody else’s fault, just sit back and pick the culprit. Popular ones are President Bush, oil companies, the evil bank that gave you the loan that you asked for and signed off on, et al.
I post this with the understanding that there have been lenders who have misled home buyers.