Wednesday, 24 January 2007

I heard Oliver James on the radio this morning talking about his new book... it's called 'Affluenza - How to Be Successful and Stay Sane'. In his book Oliver argues that we are suffering from selfish capitalism which causes mental illness by spawning materialism or as he puts it, the affluenza virus. He argues that the reason we have such high and increasing levels of mental illness and unhappiness is that we place too high a value on money, possessions, appearance and fame. His studies in countries across the world prove that people who strongly subscribe to virus values are at greater risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and personality disorder.

It's true that the things that really matter are people, family and relationships.
Chris

2 comments:

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire

sushil_yadav

Chris'Blog said...

It was really encouraging to hear from Sushil about the fast-paced consumerist society we are in and its' corrosive and destructive inmpact on us as human beings. Time for thinking and reflection are critically important to our well-being, our happiness and our relationships.
Chris