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Things like the HDI are still based upon material items as a measure. Happiness is a state of mind and can occur in those with modest material circumstances.

One of the reasons I posted this originally on Sam Harris's forum was because he, himself, while condemning religion for its history of intolerance, has pursued mediation as a way to produce a beneficial mental state for himself. He has been looking into Buddhism (the philosophy, not the religious overlay) for himself.

By changing the focus from the material to the emotional there is a possibility that the goals that society sets for itself could be transformed as well. We also need to realize that those who don't have an adequate standard of living to enable health, food and shelter must be dealt with using a different set of rules at present.

As to the single number, whether this gets overused or not is not under our control. The news is filled with the new Dow Jones Index level. I've heard three interview with stock traders who said that they don't pay any attention to it as it is not representative on any important economic indicators. After just having said that the reporter then goes on to ask about its "meaning".

Should we stop pursuing new economic measures just because the press is ignorant?

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Fri Oct 20th, 2006 at 09:33:28 AM EST

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