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By Clive Hamilton, Richard Denniss

Our homes are greater than ever, yet our households are smaller. our children visit the easiest colleges we will find the money for, yet we hardly ever see them. We’ve bought more cash to spend, but we’re additional in debt than ever sooner than. what's going on?

The Western international is within the grip of a intake binge that's distinctive in human historical past. We aspire to the life of the wealthy and recognized on the rate of kin, neighbors and private fulfilment. premiums of pressure, melancholy and weight problems are up as we combat with the vacancy and never-ending disappointments of the patron life.

Affluenza pulls no punches, claiming our entire society is hooked on overconsumption. It tracks how a lot Australians overwork, the starting to be mountains of stuff we throw out, the medication we take to ‘self-medicate’ and the genuine that means of ‘choice’. thankfully there's a therapy. increasingly more Australians are figuring out to disregard the advertisers, decrease their buyer spending and recapture their time for the issues that actually topic.

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Winnicott, D. W. London: Tavistock Publications, 1971. M A G G I EK I L G O U R Dr. Frankenstein Meets Dr. Freud Since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the mad scientist has been one of the most popular of the gothic’s bag of tricks, a figure whosedescendants include Dr. Jekyll, Dr. Moreau, and now countless horror and science fiction villains (see Svilpis, Goodrich, Baldick). Twentieth-century readings and revisions of Shelley’s work often turn the story intoa moral cautionary tale that teaches the evil consequences of using technology and science to dominate nature (see Mellor 89-1 14).

Immediately, however,I must make a qualification: mostgothic textsallowus to read them as Acton’s text insists on being read: as an indictment of outr6 behavior and an affirmation of orthodoxy. Victor Frankenstein, the Wielands, Captain Ahab, Carmilla, Dr. Jekyll, Dorian Gray, Count Dracula, Thomas Sutpen are all exterminated. To take pleasurein stopping here, however, to enjoy a unilateral satisfaction in the defeat of evil and madness, is to refuse many of the pleasures of reading. Everything aboutgreat gothic texts encouragesus to see their characters-and thus human desire-as more implicating and pleasure producing.

Gothic texts thus doin hyperintense fashion what allliterary art does to some extent: provide individual readers with diverse materials that can be experienced according to the individual’s desires. No genre of fiction goes so far as gothic, however, in encouraging each reader to produce an understanding that gives this reader the quantity and quality of outrC pleasureappropriI saw fairly earlyin my work ate to immediate needs. For myself, on Jekyll and Hyde the operation of patricidal rage,the “old war in themembers” that Stevenson referred to.

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