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Affluenza- America’s Period?
March 30, 2009, 3:10 pm
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Affluenza by definition is “The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.” It sounds to me like a period. Well, it is a period we’re going through. The economy is crap, and we all know it. Everyone is trying to live like it’s no big deal. They spend and spend, only to prove to their neighbors that they can keep up.

People are always trying to prove to themselves and others that they’re somewhat super human. Nothing can bring them down. Not the economy, not the flu, not anything. That’s why the drive the nice cars, the Lexuses, the BMWs. They live in the nicest houses in Canebreak. No one knows that they’re in debt up to their eyebrows. They’re not going to let it show. They’re too proud to file for any kind of help. That’s them though. Not my problem.

Affluenza is most common in the United States. Most people here are set on having financial success and material possessions. The ideas are put into peoples’ minds by televison, mostly. All of the commercials for the hottest, “must have” items- the nice clothes, the shoes, the cars, the houses, the appliances, everything anyone could want could be in your house in the blink of an eye with 0% APR for 2 years.

This is just a period the U.S is going through. It’s a modern-day repeat of the Roaring Twenties and right after that- boom- The Great Depression. It took something as terrible as that to make people get their priorities in line. It’s going to happen with all the deficit spending we’re doing. I don’t doubt it at all. It’s going to happen over and over again. I never ending cycle. A period.

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