Synopses & Reviews
In chapters with titles like ""Swollen Expectations"" and ""A Rash of Bankruptcies, "" Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done -- to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment -- by the obsessive quest for material gain. The authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. But more importantly, they explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.
The authors define affluenza as ""a painful, contagious, virally transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more"". Behind the wordplay is a serious subject indeed: the increasing deterioration of the natural world in the face of over-consumption.