- Joined Jul 18, 2003
What is AFFLUENZA, you say?
affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.[sup][/sup]affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.[sup][/sup]
It's time to say goodbye to this materialistic society. I've had a good run. However, in the end, much of the material things acquired were never ever really worth it. Maybe at the time it made sense to pay $8 for a rum and coke at a club/bar and giving the bartender $10 and telling them to keep the change. Now a days I cringe when I think about what it costs the bar to make that drink (about .28cents or .45cents if you get top shelf). No more, NT. It's time to be the guy behind the bar, not the clueless dude ordering the drink.
-5 shoes left in the 'collection'. Only reason to hold on to them is because they are irreplaceable at this point until they decide to retro them but there is no word on that. 1 pair functional running shoes, 1 pair basketball shoes, 1 pair black oxfords for work. Wear them until the soles fall off.
-Getting rid of the DVR. The HD package. No premium channels. 200 channels and I watch 4-5 at the most.
-Eating out, fast food.@ how much money is spent eating out. Typical table service lunch ~$12-$15 per meal. Fast food ~$5-$7 per meal. Turkey sandwich, drink, chips, piece of fruit = $13 for meals for the entire week.
-A phone to take and make calls and sends texts. Use it until it breaks.
-$100 for a GPS? $3 road map. Oh a GPS is easier? Man up and learn to read a map.
I could go on but the point has been made.
Companies have put a death-grip (or is it debt-grip) on people's lives. You must have this. You must have that. Rabid consumerism. Predatory lending. Screw the Joneses and their $45,000 SUV that gets 12mpg and has enough horsepower and gadgetry to climb mountains but will never do more than make trips to the grocery store and pick up the kids from school.
The revolution has begun.