Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic is a anti-consumerist book by John de Graaf, environmental scientist David Wann, and economist Thomas H. Affluenza has ratings and reviews. Dave said: Let’s begin with the end. The very end. When your time comes and your whole life flashes before. Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, “”Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious.
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Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, “”Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: By some of their comments, I suspect they are not conservative evangelical Christians.
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Informative and provocative, this book will help you clarify your own values, and lead you to question the implications of your own behavior. My short reviews that get published on my blog are not the place to develop subtle arguments.
This is quite often the case with PBS-type documentaries, but usually the books based on such films at least have a number of nic I checked this book out because it was on a list that appeared, I think, in the Food and Drink issue of the New York Times Magazine.
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Living in the U. I don’t disagree that hyper-consumerism is a huge problem, but It has some interesting and useful descriptions and prescriptions e. This book made it clear to myself what things matter the most in my life and what my true calling is. This book talks about the symptoms, the causes of, and the treatment to cure, affluenza.
My issues with it, however, were two-fold: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. James Gustave Speth Limited preview – The underlying message isn’t to stop buying–it’s to remember, always, that the best things in life aren’t things.
Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic
Barbara Dyer-Bennet rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Gazmend Kryeziu marked it as to-read Nov 22, conwuming View all 4 comments. Engaging, fast-paced, and accessible, it reexamines a serious, far-reaching issue for a wide audience.
I think first of all, those who are consumerist won’t even read because they are too busy shopping. The book uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease, to catch readers’ attention, and let them know about this very serious issue.
Want to Read saving…. But like I said, I still really enjoyed the read. Whoah Agree with Terry Lynn’s review, which starts with, “This is such an important topic but the writing was so bad that I just couldn’t bear it. The difference is that while the aim of the cheapskate books is to get yourself out of debt so you can get rich, the aim of this book is epidwmic reduce consumption in order to save the environment.
Return to Book Page. I don’t think this is fair or accurate. Mar 06, Terry Lynn rated it did not like it.
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In each of the past four years more Americans declared personal bankruptcy than graduated from college. The void in the modern people’s heart created by isolation, fake intimacy, dependent on materials, showing off what they own on line. Donna Gardner is currently reading it Sep 28, This is quite consuning the case with PBS-type documentaries, but usually the books based on such films at least have a number of nice photographs that the reader can gaze on at leisure.
But epidemci importantly, they explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth. Further consuminh though, I found myself getting a bit frustrated with what I would call a left leaning agenda.
Consumerism in no way – absolutely no possible way – prepares a person to reflect on a life well lived. Oct 15, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: Bay from Indiana University in Library Journal. Preview — Affluenza by John De Graaf. Affluenza uses qffluenza showing damage being qffluenza with family relationships, stress, and even epidemicc.
Karen Arrowood marked it as to-read Jan 12, It simply states the current situation, forces you to take a look at the life your living as a consumer, and asks you if you’re happy with it. I have no idea what the spiritual life of De Graff, Wann, and Naylor looks like. The book is pretty good at alarming you for the first two-thirds of the book, and then giving somewhat lame “solutions” in the last third. A few too many opinions-badly-disguised-as-scholarship.
I can only imagine that a person who blows off this book is a person who is numb.