Affluenza

January 31, 2007

Beware the Affluenza Virus.

An epidemic of mindless consumerism is sweeping the world with the compulsive pursuit of money and possessions making people richer but sadder.

That is the stark warning issued by best-selling British psychologist Oliver James after a “mind tour” of seven countries chronicling how depression envelopes the affluent.

James states:

“We are at a turning point. My argument dovetails with the ecological argument — we cannot carry on consuming in this manner and feel confident our great grandchildren have any future. This inevitably leads us to question consumerism.

“People are sick to the back teeth of this stuff. They don’t want any more selfish capitalism.”

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One Response to “Affluenza”

  1. Eugenie Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. There is so much wrong with the mindless consumerism of our society. That’s why one of my aims for 2007 is to explore alternate ways of living. It takes just one little step at a time…

    Love your blog. Very interesting reading.

    Eugenie

    PS. Love the Tom Scott cartoon. Tom Scott rocks!


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