Affluence and its cost

The first use of the term “affluence” is attributed to J K Galbraith in his 1958 book “The Affluent Society”, in which he wrote:

“In the affluent society no useful distinction can be made between luxuries and necessities.”

Last night I sat down and watched Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and was mesmerised by his speaking ability, by the supporting graphics and by the message.
As requested, I want to tell as many people as I can to watch the presentation.
Having done may fair share of retail therapy in the last few weeks, I feel culpable in the destruction of our environment as a I strive to purchase more “necessities” for the comfort of myself and others.
What a price we pay for our affluence. I may not rush out and sell my gas-guzzling cars today, but I am going to start thinking about my carbon footprint more seriously.
On a more positive note – I made the effort and took my first run of 2007 last night – in high winds and driving rain I staggered around for 45 minutes and returned exhausted, wheezing and full of self-appreciation. It’s a start.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.