Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Wrong Portrait


We see what you are driving at but you have not said it, and therefore we shall go on as before..... Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr


Economic stress is not always a matter of unemployment or underemployment.
There is a new kind of sweatshop in America; High pressure, high compensation firms,
such as Salomon Smith Barney, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group,
as well as many tech companies, hire bright, young Ivy League graduates and pay them $65,000
or more per year with luxurious perks, in exchange for 70-100 hour workweeks.

What is wrong with that picture?
It is dysfunctional, lets take a closer look at the picture

 The following numbers represent percentages of the U.S. adult population.
• Depression – 9%
• Anxiety – 18% (commonly in conjunction with other mental illnesses)
• Stress – 33% (between 33% and 42% since 19941)
• Workaholism – 25%
• Substance Dependence and Abuse – 8.2% (8.6% treated for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2013)
• Alcoholism ○ Binge Drinking – 22.9% ○ Heavy Drinking – 6.3%
• Illicit Drug Use – 9.4% (not classified as addicted) ○ Nonmedical Use of Prescription-Type  Psychotherapeutic Drugs – 2.5%
• Eating Disorders ○ Overweight – 60% ○ Obese – 34% ○ Binge Eating – 2-5%
• Nicotine Addiction – 25.5% (480,000 premature deaths per year plus 16 million people with a serious illness caused by smoking)
• Sexual Addiction – 6%
• Problem Gambling – 3%
• Shopping Addiction – 5%
• Insomnia – 20%
• Suicide – 0.0126% (41,149 per year, 10th leading cause of death – more common than homicide)
• Domestic Violence – 4%
• Crime Rate – 9% ○ Incarcerated – 2.7% (the most incarcerated country in the world)

America is still the largest economy in the world. Perhaps, clever and a showman,
we can keep the status quo or we can strive to be better...

I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth...... Elie Wiesel

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