By John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor
Author note: ahead through Annie Leonard
affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted situation 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 hazardous affluenza may be. Now in its 3rd version, this ebook can competently be referred to as prophetic in exhibiting how difficulties starting from loneliness, never-ending operating hours, and family members clash to emerging debt, environmental pollutants, and rampant commercialism are all indicators of this worldwide plague.
The new edition lines the position overconsumption performed within the nice Recession, discusses new how you can degree social well-being and luck (such because the Gross family Happiness index), and gives coverage concepts to make our society extra simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to forestall buying—it’s to recollect, continuously, that the easiest issues in existence aren’t issues.
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Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back (3rd Edition) by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor