Saturday, December 9, 2017

AFFLUENZA - Part 1

Previously watched the video(s) but recently checked-out the 1st edition (2001) from the library; this book is fascinating as a history of how many in our nation are ill from consumption, materialism and by any similar words.

What is it, this illness, from Wikipedia:
…"a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more". The term "affluenza" has also been used to refer to an inability to understand the consequences of one's actions because of financial privilege.

And the book,

…a 2001 anti-consumerist book by John de Graaf, environmental scientist David Wann, and economist Thomas H. Naylor. Viewing consumerism (with its accompanying overwork and dissatisfaction) as a deliberately spread disease, the book consists of three parts—symptoms, origins, and treatment.


The irony of affluenza, the illness, is that—as T.S. Elliot put it:   "We are the hollow men. We are the stuffed men". 

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