The Economic Crisis Of America

1204 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Countries have always competed with one another economically, to be the richest country. Society has pushed the notion that the more money a country possesses, the more successful that country is. Politicians argue over the national debt and the ways to reduce that. People’s lives revolve around money now and it is costing people their happiness and well-being. The government pushes for higher Gross Domestic Product, hoping that they will become the richest country. During an economic crisis, countries want to recover and have stability. All of this means that employees must work longer and harder. However, there are consequences when countries push their citizens too much. When employees work too much, they can become too stressed, ultimately damaging their health. People’s mental health begins to decrease and large epidemics begin spreading throughout nations. When people work too much, their social and family lives start to strain. As countries demand higher GDP, their people begin to suffer causing numerous deaths from overworking or suicide due to stress. Karoshi and karojisatu are Japanese words for the epidemic spreading throughout the world, where people are worked to death or commit suicide from overworking. In the United States, the word “workaholism” is similar to these epidemics. Instead of focusing on the population’s well-being, countries are only concerned with the economy, pushing employees to work long and stressful hours. The term, karoshi, first appeared…
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