Affluenza is an antique problem that traces its roots into the fore fathers of the human populace. According to the Christian, Jewish and Islamic doctrines, Adam and Eve were the initiators of the problem of affluenza…
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Therefore, this is an apparent indication that the problem of affluenza has a rich history in human life. Greed is a major constituent of Affluenza, since individuals persistently possess a materialistic mindset. However, the exaggerated possessions initiate negative ramifications in society. it amounts to health hazards, economic stagnation, environmental pollution, amongst others. Evidently, this is an ancient social problem that requires remedies. Johnson is an anthropologist who conducted a study in a hunting and gathering society called Machiguenga. According to his findings, the society enjoys more merit than the modernized society. The people of this society practice subsistence, and they are content with the resources that are at their disposal. They are never in a hurry, and they are much cohesive in their inter-personal relationships. Different philosophers such as Aristotle, Jesus Christ, Jerome Segal, amongst others assert that more possessions bring more struggles than having enough. Affluenza definitely brings much decadence to the society. Affluenza is a persistent social problem that has four major solutions....
Excessive consumption is a key mannerism that manifests amongst the affluent individuals. Academic adjustments in schools would offer profound recommendations against affluenza. Consequently, children will achieve awareness about the ramifications of affluenza. The knowledge system would also inculcate a change in parent’s lifestyle. Parents would not have to invest immensely on snacks and soft drinks. Therefore, the parents’ culture of overconsumption would take a diminishing trend. Evidently, the curriculum adjustments towards environmental science in schools would be an outstanding remedy for affluenza. The government has a major role in curbing affluenza. It would do this through its strict regulations to protect the natural environment. Social vices such as pollution, resource exploitation, and recycle issues would be effectively tackled. Affluenza entails a materialistic mindset in an existent population. People are pre-occupied by the persistent ambition to attain more possessions. Factory owners therefore focus on maximizing production and profits. They do not have a major consideration towards the environment. In an affluent society, factories pollute the environment due to their materialistic mindset. Manufacturing industries also exploit natural resources. They do not implement recycling techniques. Such business entities have no regard towards the ramification of depletion. In this scenario, massive consumption and material possession are the applied principles. The government ought to implement clear-cut policies that oversee the preservation of all resources. Violation of the policies ought to attract legal consequences on the offenders. Legal limitations of advertisement ought to be
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He suggests that our purchasing habits are a mirror for our desires to identify ourselves with material goods which is evidenced in the purchasing habits resulting in eating disorders, “affluenza” and other consequences of the consumerism such as stress related disorders (Harmon 8).
The term "consumerism" is commonly used for expressing different ideas. In this essay the term is used to "describe the effects of equating personal happiness with purchasing material possessions and consumption." (Wikipedia 2006). As such it is a term "often associated with criticisms of consumption starting with Karl Marx and Thorstein Veblen, but can actually be traced back to the first human civilizations." (Wikipedia 2006).
Such lifestyle and social trends are no where more ostensible than in the United States of America. The USA, being the world’s largest economy and the world’s only military superpower, can virtually dictate terms of trade for the rest of the world. And being the
Australia, as one of the countries with significant affluenza, it had been observed based on the article that regardless of the high income of the people in the country, as confirmed by their living standards and household goods, the people
According to Clive Hamilton, more and more Australian families are attributing happiness to the possession of material entities. In the article ‘Affluenza: The new illness in Australia?’ published in Brisbane Line on 23 July 2005, Hamilton systematically intends to dissect this new social phenomenon.
ould dictate the opinion of the public sphere that would ultimately translate to public policies that will affect the youth and their issues, it would be too much to ask from a television program. I also say half full because if we see this development, along with the internet
One the contrary, the rich continues to claim that they do not yet have enough money. This has led to a ‘disease’ called Affluenza. Hamilton and Dennis’ book, Affluenza: When too much is never enough, seeks to answer the