I have been reading this book called "Affluenza" recently which talks of the problems of affluence in our society. The author makes the claim that affluence operates like influenza, with similar effects and solutions. I was with my youth group in the Mall of America this weekend and heard about this conversation between one of my volunteers and one of my students. Here is a transcript (not word for word) of the conversation, proof of how Affluenza has affected teenagers:
Scene: walking past an electronic store window
Student: "I should buy 'RockBand'"
Volunteer: "Don't you already have RockBand?"
Student: "Yeah, I do."
Volunteer: "Then why would you buy another copy of it?"
Student: "Because I have enough money with me."