8.12.2006

Word of the day

af-flu-en-za n.
1. An epidemic of stress, overwork, shopping and debt caused by dogged pursuit of the American (Canadian?) Dream.

2. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from one's efforts to keep up with the Joneses.

3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth

2 comments:

Laurel-Anne said...

You didn't mention the all-too-common complication of chronic affluenza--effluenza. All that material wealth almost inevitably results in wastefulness and a huge stream of refuse and effluvium.

Vertigo said...

Very good point. Our culture has latched onto this idea that disposable things are best. Japan is very good at producing disposable anything.

I bought a pair of shoes for 495 yen, they won't last long. It seems that many things around here are designed to last no more than a year or so. There is literally no market for used cars here. Our car is a 1995 Subaru Legacy. When we bought it it was only worth about $4800. It was so cheap b/c it had such high mileage...56,000 km! Now, it is likely worth about $500. Cars are likely the best example of a(e)ffluenza that I can think of. Which is why we plan to go car-free when we return home.