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Note from a rather touching NY Times story about a man who defined his pursuit of money as wealth addiction:  "Dozens of different types of 12-step support groups — including Clutterers Anonymous and On-Line Gamers Anonymous — exist to help addicts of various types, yet there is no Wealth Addicts Anonymous. "

We know well those AA meetings in church basements or the like, folding chairs, flourescent lights and a coffee urn.  Wonder what a support group meeting for wealth addicts would be like?

The article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/for-the-love-of-money.html?ref=opinion


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Jan. 19th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
While normally I would urge you to write that story, it sounds more like a Paul Di Filippo story set-up to me.

Also: why would a wealth addict want to break that habit?
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
wealth addiction
I saw a related post by someone from Occupy Wall Street noting that if you hoard cats to an extreme that threatens your health, we call it a mental illness, and if you steal to buy drugs, we call it addiction, but if you hoard money to excess, we call you successful.

Actually, I think the WA should meet in those church basements, and as one of their twelve steps, they should have to offer their villas and yachts for AA meetings! Talk about making amends.

Why would a wealth addict want to reform...well, I suppose it can be stressful, like with any other addiction, to constantly worry about where your next million or billion is coming from, or worse, where the next market collapse will come from....

(BTW, when I clicked "Preview" for this post, I ended up on a page where everything, including the buttons, is in Portuguese. Wild.)
Jan. 19th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: wealth addiction
Hmm. Works for me. It's on the Opinion page of today's (Sunday's) paper. What is Portuguese Wild? A font or a language?
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: wealth addiction
LOL, I am hoping that last part was a joke. There is a period after Portuguese....but I love the image of a font call Portuguese Wild!
Jan. 19th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: wealth addiction
Okay. I did not see the period, therefore the question was dumb but sincere. I will have somebody print something in a story in that font.
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
wealth addicts
I think a suitable gentleman's club-type room in a Four Seasons Hotel, with plenty of whisky, caviar, and other expensive treats, would be the right venue. And a popular prosperity guru to facilitate them. Just have everybody relinquish phones and electronics, lock and bolt the doors forever, and take it from there, Sartre-style. Participants would be welcome to "help themselves" to the amenities, just like they used to do on the outside.
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: wealth addicts
Or fight to see who gets more. Nice.
Jan. 20th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
I wonder what a bottom for WAs would look like.
Jan. 21st, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
There's a great moment toward the end of Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt when George Babbit, disappointed in his son and his life, says to himself in despair "I never had a single thing I really wanted." You don't know what he culd really have wanted -- maybe he doesn't -- but it wasn't any of the things he got with such drive and effort. Maybe the first time this quandary appeared in American literature.
Jan. 23rd, 2014 07:40 am (UTC)
How could you know what you want or wanted, if you can get anything and everything you could possibly desire or have once desired? It is not wealth but its pursuit that is the addiction. Wealth is the Questing Beast, the finding of whose fewmets give more joy than its capture and whose capture (if it can ever be caught) yields wishes. Wishes are no more than more things desired. This begs the question of the fulfillment of the quest. Should fulfillment not lie in the capture itself? Why keep chasing the object of desire if you have already caught it? If T.H. White is right, the Questing Beast longs for the chase as deeply as her pursuers and will die of sorrow and loneliness if not hunted. Wealth, the Beast, creates, draws, needs and desires desire.
Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
They meet Thursdays for lunch at a table in a private room at Daniel, lots of hand-wringing and expressions of self-loathing, but as to changes in behavior, well . . .
Feb. 9th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hi, Falcon here.
I am troubled by the cheapening of words. Addiction is a strong word. It has a very specific meaning. I don't like to see it used to refer to any old obsessive behavior. I see this as a desperate marketing ploy by folks in the therapy business or profession (please don't call it an "industry").

Oh well, the assertion that addiction is compulsion is one I cannot possibly refute, but only refute.
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
Wonder what a support group meeting for wealth addicts would be like?

The meeting would be be attended by their assistants to take down meeting-minutes, because they were tied up at the office and could not make it.
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