By John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor
Author note: ahead by way of Annie Leonard
affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted of overload, debt, anxiousness, and waste due to the dogged pursuit of more.
We attempted to alert you! The 2008 fiscal cave in proved how resilient and hazardous affluenza might be. Now in its 3rd version, this e-book can correctly be known as prophetic in exhibiting how difficulties starting from loneliness, never-ending operating hours, and relatives clash to emerging debt, environmental pollutants, and rampant commercialism are all signs of this international plague.
The new edition strains the function overconsumption performed within the nice Recession, discusses new how one can degree social health and wellbeing and luck (such because the Gross household Happiness index), and gives coverage innovations to make our society extra simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to prevent buying—it’s to recollect, continuously, that the easiest issues in existence aren’t issues.
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Extra info for Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back (3rd Edition)
But in fact, a strong safety net, including free health care and education, seems to encourage savings, providing needed services at lower cost than the private marketplace. ”18 He suggests that the American model of high spending and skimpy safety nets encourages greater consumption—and therefore longer work hours (see chapter 3). The pressures of work and consumption create stress and leave people little time for each other, increasing loneliness and unhappiness while at the same time creating a less inviting or sustainable natural and built common environment.
The pace of life has accelerated to the point where everyone is breathless,” says Swenson. ” Tried to make a dinner date with a friend recently? Chances are the two of you have to look a month ahead in your appointment calendars. Even children carry them. ” “This is an issue that cuts across race lines, class lines, and gender lines,” says the African American novelist Barbara Neely. ” We’re all like the bespectacled bunny in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, who keeps looking at his watch and muttering, “No time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late!
That was before the shopping channels, of course. Mail-order catalogs and shopping channels carry a lot more than products. They are highly contagious carriers of affluenza. In the past several years, a new affluenza carrier has entered the mix in a big way. In time, it threatens to someday outdraw malls, catalogs, and shopping channels combined. The intense frenzy with which the ubiquitous Internet has been embraced as a shopping center can be compared only to that which followed the discovery of gold in California and Alaska, or to the Texas oil boom.
Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back (3rd Edition) by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor