Washington Post, March 20, 2010 on page B2:
The King of Bhutan believes that people's happiness does not depend on the nation's economic wealth but on a notion of wholeness that is embedded in authentic Buddhist culture.Comment: Christianity and other faith would stress spirituality as well.
The nation is sandwiched between the two giants of India to the south and China to the north. A small nation may be beautiful with faith,hope and love instead of regarding money as the be-all and end-all in life. Food for thought for readers of Sino-American economics apropos of the goal in the mundane world: Seeking money,status or else? Physical body will be gone and soul is immortal with spirituality as the smarter way of life.
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is based on economic activity - recognizes 9 components of happiness:
1. Physchological well-being; Annotated as mindset/mentality
2. ecology; ditto: environment
3. health; = health care
4. education; = learning and training
5. culture; = tradition and custom
6. living standard; = lifestyle
7. time use = allocation of time resource:daily function
8. community vitality; = activity in the community
9. good governance. = leaders for the benefit of folks
I believe I have sent my past blogs with the same rationale for the belief in faith,hope and love of wisdom under Confucianism.
"The Faith of George W. Bush" by Stephen Mansfield published by Penguin Group,USA:
On page 52: John Kenneth Galbraith was cited as a professor at Harvard with his speeches to the academic audience.
"Almost Everyone's Guide to Economics" is a book with witty remarks from Galbraith. A book review was published via www. Atlantic Economic Journal,September 1979. He left this world at the age of 97 but his influence has been in the minds and hearts forever. He visited China in 1972 with comments about the bike riders in China to go places and to reduce pollution. Now, such way of life is gaining momentum in USA.
Here is the common ground of folks to live a simple life without borders as a new happening in Sino-American economics of thrift and wellness.
Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie Shihao on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10 a.m.