Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
First, this is an excellent article.  Particularly when one realizes you are somewhat facetious about literally "banning GDP".  I have never considered it to be the one and only measure of perfomance.  And you point out many others that I think would be good, though they would need to be worked through, understood, accepted, and hopefully not used for partisan purposes, but in fact used to help us improve our world, our countries.  

Second, and you discuss this, spiritual teachings of all faiths tell us that our own personal happiness is within our own power.  As the great Hindu saint Kabir says in one of his most famous poems,

I laugh when I hear that the fish
  in the water is thirsty.
You wander restlessly from forest
  to forest while the Reality
  is within your own dwelling.
The truth is here!  Go where you will--
  to Benares or to Mathura;
  until you have found God
  in your own soul, the whole world
  will seem meaningless to you.

How to Know God
The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali

the saints of all faiths have shown us that we can as individuals find the happiness we would all like.  It's an individual, and spiritual journey.

by wchurchill on Sun Oct 30th, 2005 at 02:29:01 AM EST
I like Swamis Prabhavanda and Isherwood's translation and commentary of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras very much. They have a great way to make it more accessible for Westerners. It was the first translation I read.
by Fran on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 03:09:33 AM EST
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Me too.  I have read it a number of times, and I'm one of those who underlines and makes notes on every page.  The IChing, Tao, Bible, Bhagavad Gita are also books that I value, and read constantly.  Frankly I'm considering, wondering, if my time spent on secular things that I enjoy, like sports, politics which is mainly this website, work,,,etc.. is really the right thing for me now.  (also, since you mention it, the book "I am that" by Sri Nisargadatta Maharah is incredible).  We all have different dimensions, sides to our life.  I've often thought to myself how I unveil one side of myself on this blog--which is a small percentage of me--and I speculate that is true for others as well.
by wchurchill on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 04:34:49 AM EST
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I used to have this conflict too. But my solution is to try too practice this "thinking" in everyday live. For me Gandhi is the example in the sense of being fully in this world without being of this world. He was fully involved in everyday live and in politics, but at the same time non-attached. I found that the internet is a place where I can practice Yoga. Thanks to Jérôme et al, here on ET I can do my daily dose of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga in the sense of selfless action, by setting up the Breakfast thread. At the same time I can practice vairagya or non-attachment in two ways. First by doing it lovingly without expecting any fruits for it and then by staying non-attached when reading (bad)news. Please note, the key-word is practice.

I only read Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's book "the nectar of immortality".

And thanks, I just learned a new English word from you -luddite.

by Fran on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 11:10:29 AM EST
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and thank you also for the nectar of immortality recommendation.  I just ordered it.
by wchurchill on Wed Nov 2nd, 2005 at 02:58:15 PM EST
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i'm a luddite, as I'm sure you have already recognized, on this site.  I don't know how to see comments to old posts, other than paging down, and wondering if this response now has two responses as opposed to one,,,is my memory right,,,before.  so I'm struggling a little here, but really happy to see your note--wondering if I miss others.  thank you by the way for your work on presenting the top european news stories.  i start my day with google news and your comments.
by wchurchill on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 04:43:42 AM EST
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