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You have probably heard of ‘influenza’. But have you heard of
‘Affluenza’? It is a social disease becoming very common these days.

Affluenza is a combination of the words affluence and
influenza. It is a state of isolation, anxiety and dissatisfaction caused
by the infection of thoughts we receive from the society to become
more and more affluent. We start collecting materialistic wealth
and goods which are otherwise unnecessary for a normal life.

Unfortunately all of us are suffering from this infection to a
higher or lower extent. We are living in a world of capitalism and
consumerism. We are engulfed with advertisements and
commercialism. To add to this, there are increasing incidents of
jealousy, unhealthy competition and lack of values in the society. All
of these factors contribute to the spread of Affluenza.

Like our common flu, this too is an infectious disease. We get it
from others and then we pass it on to others as well. The first victim
of this transfer of infection is our home and our children. We wish to
bring happiness in our homes and try to do so by becoming affluent or
wealthy overnight. The result? A lot of stress, discontentment and
anxiety due to problems like debts, envy and insensitivity.

We are living in vulnerable circumstances where everything
is stimulating us to jump into the trap of Affluenza. Movies, TV
shows and our general environment are all making it hard for us to
even think clearly.

We have forgotten the difference between a ‘want’ and a
‘need’ and have succumbed to this dreadful disease.

The only antidote to Affluenza is a belief in simple living. The
ultimate happiness lies in the simplest things. To quote the eternal
words of the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (famous for his ‘Meditations on Stoic Philosophy’),
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

— Prashant Shori

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