Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor

By John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor

Author note: ahead by means of Annie Leonard

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted of overload, debt, anxiousness, and waste as a result of the dogged pursuit of more.

We attempted to provide you with a warning! The 2008 monetary cave in proved how resilient and unsafe affluenza should be. Now in its 3rd version, this e-book can properly be referred to as prophetic in exhibiting how difficulties starting from loneliness, never-ending operating hours, and kinfolk clash to emerging debt, environmental toxins, and rampant commercialism are all indicators of this worldwide plague.

The new edition strains the position overconsumption performed within the nice Recession, discusses new how you can degree social overall healthiness and luck (such because the Gross family Happiness index), and provides coverage ideas to make our society extra simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to prevent buying—it’s to recollect, constantly, that the simplest issues in lifestyles aren’t issues.

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Others call them monster homes. In places like the spectacular mountain towns of the West, many such megahomes are actually second homes, mere vacation destinations for the newly rich. car wars As with homes, so with cars. Until 2000, the eighteen-foot-long Chevy Suburban set the standard for gigantism. Then, not to be outdone, Ford introduced the Excursion, a seven-thousand-pound titan that was a foot longer than the Suburban. Ford Motors chairman William Ford even apologized for making so many SUVs, calling his Excursion “the Ford Valdez” for its propensity to consume fuel.

31 32 part one: symptoms stuff wars at the airport If American homes crammed with stuff are the metaphorical equivalent of congestion in the lungs, and highways are the plugged arteries, air travel must be the sneeze that propels affluenza carriers (that’s us) through the air. 6 But with increased security, higher baggage fees, and fewer snacks, some of the thrill is gone. The airlines’ strategy is “More people, less stuff ”: cram in passengers with as little carry-on luggage as possible to reduce fuel costs.

The exotic quickly becomes commonplace and boring, requiring ever newer and more expensive menus. Eating out used to be a special occasion. Now we spend more money on restaurant food than on the food we cook ourselves. Swelling expectations. Swelling stomachs too, but that’s another symptom. invention is the mother of necessity Consider, also, the kinds of goods that were deemed luxuries as recently as 1970 but are now found in well over half of US homes and thought of by a majority of Americans as necessities: dishwashers, clothes dryers, central heating and air conditioning, color and cable TV.

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