Monday, April 16, 2012

Does economic prosperity result in HUMAN STRESS?

 Click HERE and hear what some recognized authorities are saying.
UNITED NATIONS — Should happiness figure in a nation’s bottom line? And should the concept of Gross National Product be replaced by Gross National Happiness?
“The GDP-lead development model that compels boundless growth on a planet with limited resources no longer makes economic sense. “The purpose of development must be to create enabling conditions through public policy for the pursuit of the ultimate goal of happiness by all citizens.”
“GNP (gross national product) by itself does not promote happiness,” Sachs told the conference. “The U.S. has had a three time increase of GNP per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn’t budged. Other countries have pursued other policies and achieved much greater gains of happiness, even at much lower levels of per capita income.”                          Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Gross National Happiness replaces Gross National Product

The country of Bhutan is offering the world its answer to development. On April 2, it hosted a meeting at the UN titles "Happiness: toward a holistic approach to development"  -- stating that happiness is a fundamental human gold and universal aspiration; that GDP by its nature does not reflect that goal; that unsustainable patterns of production and consumption impede sustainable development; and that a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach is needed to promote sustainability, eradicate poverty, and enhance  well-being and happiness.
From: High Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Edconomic Paradigm, Ap. 2, 2012


Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone,
but in every leaf in spring-time.   
                                                                                    Martin Luther  

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sustainable Development

As we moves close to the June World Earth Summit, the words that sum up all the planning and hopes of this event is SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.  Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the PRESENT while protecting the HEALTH OF THE PLANET and the interests of FUTURE GENERATIONS.

The Green Economy must be understood not as an end in itself, but as a way of creating or strengthening the means or instruments for moving faster towards a more sustainable pattern of development in the future.