Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rejoice, the age of 'peak shopping' is over!


Lou gave us a brilliant post yesterday, saying the age of 'peak shopping' was behind us.
This is what it says:
You may recall, not that long ago society was afflicted by a truly horrible condition, affluenza:

"Proponents of the term consider the costs of prizing material wealth vastly outweigh the benefits.
They claim those who become wealthy will find the economic success leaving them unfulfilled and hungry for more wealth.
The condition is considered particularly acute amongst those with inherited wealth, who are often said to experience guilt, lack of purpose and dissolute behavior, as well as obsession with holding on to the wealth."
Now that economies are crashing, jobs are being axed and taxes are set to sky-rocket (all of which leaves the individual poorer) we should all be much much much more happier now, right?
Not only happier, healthier too:
"Selfish capitalism causes mental illness by spawning materialism, or, as I put it, the affluenza virus - placing a high value on money, possessions, appearances (social and physical) and fame.
English-speaking nations are more infected with the virus than mainland western European ones. Studies in many nations prove that people who strongly subscribe to virus values are at significantly greater risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and personality disorder.
Follow the logic? Selfish capitalism infects populations with affluenza; it fosters mental illness; English-speaking nations are more selfish capitalist - ergo, more prone to illness."
So, what is all the fuss about crashing economies? We are all being cured, don't you feel better now?
Hat tip: No Pasaran!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well yeah, the greenies are "rejoicing"

e.g. how much less kyoto dosh we'll have to pay because our farm methane outputs are crashing along with our dairy production

Clunking Fist said...

They claim those who LIVE ON WEALFARE will find OTHERS economic success leaving them unfulfilled and hungry for more wealth.
The condition is considered particularly acute amongst those WHOSE PARENTS WERE ALSO ON WEALFARE, who are often said to experience NO guilt, WITH A lack of purpose and dissolute behavior, as well as obsession with holding on to OTHERS wealth."

Clunking Fist said...

"Selfish capitalism causes mental illness by spawning materialism"

And if you are not supportive of the Lisbon Treaty, you are "mentally ill" according to MEPs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p9VC_P3Gf8

see at 1:36