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The heartbreak of “Affluenza”

Affluenza – the dogged pursuit of more

The term appears to have been coined back in 1954 by a family foundation, but it was popularized into a film and best selling book by Vivia Boe and John de Graaf in 1997. But, the term “Affluenza” rose back from the dead last week when it was used a defense for a rich kid’s excuse for killing four people while driving drunk.

The Affluenza Defense: Judge Rules Rich Kid’s Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deadly Drunk Driving Accident

By Madison Gray @madisonjgray Dec. 12, 2013 Time

He got 10 years probation for causing a wreck that devastated three families

The Keller, Tex., 16-year-old has a rare condition that a judge believes is best remedied with anything but dealing with the consequences for causing a DWI wreck that killed four people, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Couch suffers from “affluenza,” according to his lawyers, a term which means that his wealthy parents pretty much let him get away with everything. The defense saved him from a 20-year sentence; State District Judge Jean Boyd bought it at his sentencing on Tuesday and gave Couch probation instead.

Break out of “New Normal Affluenza”

The wealthy are killing us for our own good

Being taken advantage of by all those “corporate people” is just something we less- advantaged folk must put up with. bernie-IphoneSo, what if your loved ones are run over by a wealthy drunk kid? You must take into consideration all the difficulties of being rich. What about all of the trials those “corporate people” must go through in order to provide you with all the “goodies” that surround your life?

Sometimes a single instance erupts to become the prophecy of an age and now, affluenza has arrived as a mutated super virus what will not respond to the antibiotic of common sense or justice. In its first outbreak way back in 1954 it was a loose term to define wealth in general, in 1997 it described the overload, debt, and waste involved in the pursuit of wealth. Today, in the latest ugly outbreak, the virulent strain arrives as an excuse for greed, and a rationalization form vehicular homicide.

Early warning signs often include the exhibition of Scrooge-like behavior. An example might be foreclosing on the local Building and Loan just before Christmas. Bah humbug! Garlic eaters! Of course, the very fortunate victims are those who have “earned it the hard way”. (You know, like the Koch Brothers who inherited their billions from their Daddy.)

Symptoms often include some form of fantasy with the most prevalent delusion that all human beings are gifted in exactly the same way at birth. So, it follows that any lacking encountered over the course of life is always the fault of the victim – laziness, irresponsibility, lagging, loafing, lethargic behavior.

During frequent periods of delusion, the affluenza sufferer is quick to point out these lazy people cannot be helped through the government (the democratic community) with any financial aid. No, they will say, this will soon become “an entitlement”. Typical dialogues of this delusion are characterized by tirades such as, “Helping these lazy people will lead to their permanent dependency.” and “They will lie and cheat to get big screen TV’s.”, and “I saw one purchase lobster tail dinners with food stamps!”.

The latest strain has been labeled “New Normal Afluenza” and has attacked the neurological function of pathwaysAffluenza to the brain in a pattern very similar to a sociopath – a person without ability to feel compassion to another human being. Thus, as has been demonstrated by the judge in the drunk driving case, victims of NNA lack the common sense of emotional unity of one person to another and will make irrational decisions that seek to provide for their own wealth or that of an intimate other wealthy person.

The danger is that victims of NNA are in positions of power in business and government by the very nature of their disease. They are filthy rich. They believe that attainment of wealth is the ultimate yardstick of human success and dedicate every waking hour to attaining power and wealth. Once the afflicted are in power across a wide spectrum of corporate and government organizational fronts, the majority of the people become victims of the new sick leaders at the top.

Medical professionals suggest that a look at the distribution of wealth over a period of years is a good indicator as to how widespread the disease may be on the national scale. When a small percentage of people control over one half the total wealth of a financial community, it may be assumed that NNA is at epidemic proportions.

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