ImageCHAPTER 5

The stressof excess

We hear the same refrain all the time from people:I have no life. I get up in the morning, day care,elder care, a 40 minute commute to work. I haveto work late. I get home at night, there’s laundry,bills to pay, jam something into the microwaveoven. I’m exhausted, I go to sleep, I wake up andthe routine begins all over again. This is what lifehas become in America.

TREND-SPOTTER GERALD CELENTE

We are a nation that shouts at a microwaveoven to hurry up.

JOAN RYAN,The San Francisco Chronicle

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