Summary of the Introduction to Affluenza

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Summary of the Introduction to Affluenza In the Introduction of Affluenza, the authors, John De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor discuss a new disease called affluenza, which has been nationwide spreading, deeply affecting and harming the Americans through individuals to social conditions, and yet to the environmental over generations. Affluenza is “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more” (2). It has been becoming so powerful, for this reason the authors want people starting to notice and control it after read through the book. Al Gore is an American politician, who has published a book Earth in the Balance when he was a senator. He implied that the Americans have been wasting too many resources. However, after a few years, he became one of the victims of affluenza. He has vowed for raising the economy without thinking if it is a good thing to the Americans. The idea of article pursuit for more money or goods has been set deeply in Americans’ minds. It has caused us and our next generations loose the balance of the value in our lives. If everyone in the world adopts the Americans’ idea that becoming materialistic or rich is what we want to pursue for live better, only one earth is definitely not enough to support everything we need. It is urgent to bring back the enduring values on faith, family, responsibility, generosity and friendship to guide this country before we can not fix the balance. More importantly, the earth is already become worse than before. The environmental pollution in most countries is really bad, and natural calamities happen frequently. However, people are still working more hours to get paid more; American consumers are still spending as much as before; the economy is growing. People tend to ignore the bad news and

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