Affluenza – do you have it?

Maureen Dowd in the NY Times today said that we are currently struggling to get over our “affluenza.  That condition, the bane of the middle class, is defined in a book of the same name as ‘a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.'”

As I walked back from dinner a couple nights ago with the ever-refreshing Linda Case, we discussed the need to find satisfaction in simplicity.  And I certainly don’t mean to suggest that you should look to the magazine “Real Simple” which suggests that $350 cashmere sweaters represent simplicity.  It doesn’t – it’s just “more stuff-porn” intended to convince consumers that they’re living an elegant and simple life by spending more on it.

Last night I was nearly side-swiped by a Black Escalade with tinted windows.  The license plate read “Buddha”. Was he Buddha?  I doubt it, not unless the reincarnated Buddha suffers from affluenza!

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