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Book Title: Affluenza: When Too Much Is Never Enough|
The author of the book: Clive Hamilton
Edition: Allen & Unwin Australia
Date of issue: May 9th 2014
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.87 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.8
ISBN 13: 9781282090552
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I think that it should be compulsory reading for:
a) Every Secondary School student in Australia.
b) People who own $2700 Louis Vuitton yoga mats and buy sleeping bags for their ferrets.
d) People who measure their self-worth and happiness by money.
e) ... OK everybody should read it :)
As I was reading this I felt nauseous at just how wasteful and affluent our country has become at the expense of what truly matters. I never really ever entered the whole "rat race, keeping up with the Joneses" thing myself as I just had no interest in materialism(much to the bemusement and derision of some family members and the odd acquaintance) but recently our little family has been faced with some decisions brought about by the birth of our first child and drop to one income with a mortgage. Instead of entering the rat race to keep up we made a very easy decision to not even go there...so I guess that makes us down-downshifters - the whole slow lifestyle just makes sense to us and we wouldn't have it any other way :)
The closing paragraph describes a dystopian future where people keep blindly accumulating "stuff" until society is one big mess of waste, psychological disorders, fractured relationships and lives without meaning. I echo the hopes of the authors in the last sentence of this paragraph: "We believe the people of Australia will not accept such a future".
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Read information about the authorClive Hamilton AM FRSA is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government, and is the Founder and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He regularly appears in the Australian media and contributes to public policy debates. Hamilton was granted the award of Member of the Order of Australia on 8 June 2009 for "service to public debate and policy development, particularly in the fields of climate change, sustainability and societal trends".
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