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June 10, 2011 - Blaine Hyska
Americans like their stuff, says Fred Sellers. In fact, they like it too much, he says.
Sellers, pastor of the Victory Church of Norman, Okla., and author of The Prophet of Vail Mountain, said Americans waste 15 percent of their money on unnecessary items.
“We actually wind up spending more on things like electronics and toys over the course of our lives than we do on education,” he said.
Sellers lists the top 10 ways Americans wasted household income in 2010. — Apparel. — Tobacco. — Entertainment equipment. — Alcohol. — Fees and admissions to attractions. — Vacation lodging. — Pets. — Electronics. — Gifts. — Meals away from home.
Studies suggest the average American household spend $8,000 per year on unnecessary goods and services — stuff they don’t need.
Sellers blames it on American gluttony.
“One of the most distasteful displays of the American adoration of gluttony took place on the Oprah Winfrey show,” Seller said.
“Every year, she has at least one episode in which she gifts every member of her studio audience with a parcel of gifts that are absurd in their opulence and luxury,” he said.
“When the audience is alerted to each successive prize they’ve won simply by being there, the cameras pan across the studio to show people screaming, jumping and even falling to their knees as if they were at a Pentecostal church revival.”
“They appear to be in some kind of religious ecstasy, almost as if they are worshipping the false gods of commerce,” he said.
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