Are you what you own, or does what you own, own you?
How can you never have enough....of anything? Naperville suffers from extreme possession overload.
In 1987 there were more shopping malls in the US than High Schools. And 70 percent of you Napervillians go to the mall each week for your dose of impulse spending. On the average you spend 6 hours a week just shopping for more stuff.
Naperville was a small town, maybe that was the town you thought you were moving to! In 1975, the Fox Valley Mall first opened it's doors with over 100 shops.You could see that Met Life building for miles.... Yes, it was in the middle of miles and miles of cornfields, but we all know, if you build it, they will come. And come they have, by the hundreds of thousands.
Community bonds of charity and volunteering, giving time and attention to those in need has been replaced by greed and materialism. Time spent socializing with family and friends has turned into watching TV, every one's best friend, it is the command center of your consumer culture.
You spend one year of your life watching commercials! They encourage you to meet non-material needs thru material ends. 60 percent of parents say their children are very materialistic. Teens seek self-esteem in clothes and cars with no genuine sense of identity.
But Naperville parents are as much to blame. Being pre-occupied with material things at the expense of our children is helping to drag the World into the consumer society the globalization of materialism.
Affluenza-n. An unhappy condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. Producing and consuming more than the Earth can ever replenish.
Have you no concern for your children's children?