Does Frugality Bring Freedom?

Does Frugality Bring Freedom?

I’m currently reading a book called Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Early on in the book, she quotes Christopher Lasch, a cultural historian. Lasch says, “The tired worker, instead of attempting to change the conditions of his work, seeks renewal in brightening his immediate surroundings with new goods and … Read More

Should You Follow Your Dreams or Be Realistic?

Should You Follow Your Dreams or Be Realistic?

When, as kids, we tell the adults in our lives what we want to be, their responses tend to be predictable. If we want to do something artistic, creative or entrepreneurial, then our aspirations may be called unrealistic. More tactful adults might say, “That’s nice, but you need a plan B in case it doesn’t … Read More

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don’t Know You Have

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don’t Know You Have

I just finished reading “Affluenza” by Oliver James, a book which very much resonated with me. In it, James theorises that most people in developed countries are suffering from an infection called the “affluenza virus”. By this, he means that we’re all excessively preoccupied by money and the pursuit thereof. He places the blame on … Read More