For me, personally, I am to a certain extent certainly afflicted by Affluenza but not extensively. I’m proud to value the non-materialistic qualities in life such as inter-personal relationships and the appreciation of cultures. However, I can’t deny that I also value the physical objects in my life, which is where I have to disagree with the statement as I do find it a worrying matter. When one thinks about it, virtually everything we have in our life has been made in a factory using the earth’s resources which we have very likely bought from a shop. This means at the top of our list of life priorities along with our family and friends, we as a society put factory made, characterless objects which are owned by millions of people. In a way this can be considered boring and impersonal so it is better to put our values on non-materialistic qualities. If one was to imagine a world without anything made in a factory we would be sat naked in a field with only the flora and fauna and other people to accompany us. That is how much our society is governed by materialism. Of course, there is a happy medium but in my view the majority of the western population has gone well over that line, indulging ourselves in consumerism.
What are your values?
People are spending more time at work so they can earn more money so they can buy more things which they may not necessarily need. This is lowering the amount of time parents spend with their family and other life enjoyments which you don’t need to pay for but which last longer. This situation has caused many children to lose a fatherly figure for a major part of their lives.
“Consumerism has created a culture which values style over substance, image over reality, and perception over performance”