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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-07-07 03:32 PM
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7. happiness and materialism
Then it should mention Paul Wachtel's "The Poverty of Affluence" which covers alot of that. One problem is increased mobility. We do not talk to our neighbors becuase either we and/or our neighbors are transients. This is more true because I live in a rental neighborhood, but even when people own their homes, they get promoted and move, or decide to get a bigger or nicer house. The same is probably true in the workplace. Co-workers come and go, and so do I. At 45, the longest I have been with an employer is my current job at 4.5 years, and in that time have had nine different co-workers in our team of four.

On another point - wealth has not grown in the last 30 years. Not for people below the median income. See my signature line.
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