Gross National Happiness

  • metta

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    Aug 30, 2011 8:36 PM GMT

    Gross National Happiness

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sachs181/English
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    I wonder how many people are sitting at McDonald's, reading that article on their smartphones. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    A very timely article.
    It is the paradox of our times.Never have so many had it so good,materially and more opportunities,etc.,yet never have so many been so unhappy because of it.The price of our affluence is very heavy on us.
    The cultural addiction our societies suffer from has been long in the making and it will take us equally as long to find the answers(or even remedies).But the start is to admit we have a problem.
    Bhutan sounds like the most interesting place;a challenge to all the West`s political correctnesses on economics,the good life/society,individual aspiration,etc.
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    Aug 31, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    Lincsbear saidA very timely article.
    It is the paradox of our times.Never have so many had it so good,materially and more opportunities,etc.,yet never have so many been so unhappy because of it.The price of our affluence is very heavy on us.
    The cultural addiction our societies suffer from has been long in the making and it will take us equally as long to find the answers(or even remedies).But the start is to admit we have a problem.
    Bhutan sounds like the most interesting place;a challenge to all the West`s political correctnesses on economics,the good life/society,individual aspiration,etc.


    Amen to this.... many of the richest ppl, or wanna-be-riches.. that I have met.. were the unhappiest...

    By comparison.. some of the happiest ppl I see every day, are the simple people with not too much posessions to worry about, bar of course, those who go hungry
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    Aug 31, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    Add to above: I really wanted to go to Bhutan when I was in Nepal... but the country is very hard to get into... they raelly protect themselves from hordes of savage foreign backpackers that would trample them and disrespect their land and values.... You have to pay a stiff sum to enter, and there is a limit to the number of ppl allowed in per year... it serves to protect the country from destructive tourism, much as Ecuador has done with the Galapagos islands
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    Aug 31, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    Lincsbear saidA very timely article.
    It is the paradox of our times.Never have so many had it so good,materially and more opportunities,etc.,yet never have so many been so unhappy because of it.The price of our affluence is very heavy on us.
    The cultural addiction our societies suffer from has been long in the making and it will take us equally as long to find the answers(or even remedies).But the start is to admit we have a problem.
    Bhutan sounds like the most interesting place;a challenge to all the West`s political correctnesses on economics,the good life/society,individual aspiration,etc.


    Amen to this.... many of the richest ppl, or wanna-be-riches.. that I have met.. were the unhappiest...

    By comparison.. some of the happiest ppl I see every day, are the simple people with not too much posessions to worry about, bar of course, those who go hungry
    +1
    That's the primary reason I won't go, as southbeach1500 so eloquently puts it, "to the dark side" (aka: airline pilot).
    Making less money and having a more satisfying/fun career is much more important to me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 31, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    Wow Greenhopper, like you new profile pic!!

    Sorry off topic.
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    Sep 02, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
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