jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

What we measure we manage!

“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” -- Richard Wright, Native Son

On the macro level, it's all about growth.

On the micro level, it's all about materialism.

And somewhere in between the two exists...living. You know, the daily grind.

But what if we talked more openly about the index of Gross National Happiness, or a life of purpose and not material success.

Perhaps I'm in the minority, but, frankly, I'm sick to death of listening to one politician after another or business leader extolling the merits of growth without even acknowledging that absent happiness (or whatever genre of wellbeing you prefer) it's all pretty pointless.

Please, please, please can we change the narrative.

And beyond that we have to start measuring happiness in every sphere of life, i.e. work, public service and in our daily lives. This isn't to posit some new-age trip -- "Hey man, this is cool" -- but instead how we talk about and live out our lives.

For the record, I'm very happy to debate this on any platform. As someone who most certainly is a product of my industrial-paradigm circumstances, I can vouch for the fact that the conditioning of old only reinforces a general malaise with life in trying to fill it with activity, things and experiences. This is no way to live! For a start, it's bloody tiring. But more than that it masks the true Self.

Tags: thomas merton

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