What is creating anxiety?
“Because of a wealthy society based on envy engendered by publicity. That publicity works upon concern; the sum of everything is money, to get the money to overcome anxiety, that the stress on which propaganda plays the fear that having nothing you will be nothing”
What we witness g20 summit on Global warming is politicians’ egos, a sort of disgust that denies people a happy life. The five conceptual emotions produced by the ego that comes to mind watching the behaviour are pride, attachments, dullness, and jealousy. How can these leaders arriving with an army of private jets create heroes for somebody who hardly affords a bus ticket?
Like a fox guarding the henhouse
Science and law in environmental policy controlled by the same individuals is a troublesome marriage. The regulations without ongoing public monitoring do not work. Regulatory policies initiated by public pressure. Corporations seeking profit and governments seeking economic development and military power are responsible for polluting air, soil, rivers, and oceans, depleting forests, and fisheries, and even altering the global climate.
The tragedy of a failed system of the commons
It’s the drama of privatisation and the state-fiction. Privatisation allows the destruction of what should be used and protected in common by private greed. The State places control of what should be used and protected in common in the hands of governments that often promote privateers, a name originating under English law that encouraged pirates to pillage Latin America. It is not a tragedy and not produced by public ownership. It is not a tragedy because the term refers to unavoidable catastrophes resulting from the very essence of the protagonist, the hero’s ‘fatal flaw’ in Aristotle’s words. The Tragedy of the Commons is a drama it involves the struggle between opposite parties. It is not the consequence of human nature often; corporations and governments are. It is not creating human well-being.
Could it be better to think of an economic paradigm shift?
it a perfect philosophy to believe in a moneyless society? Are there other ways to measure human well-being or happiness than GDP? Measure and facilitate the use of human well-being models on a systematic level is not easy as practice come before any theory, we can study history, well as various cultures without or less dependent on material goods. Buddhism and indigenous religions might be a starting point. The outcome of a measurable index on human well-being is the basic set of fundamental variables that create conditions for happiness. These parameters or key eras are the condition for life, engagement, purpose, trust, optimism, and life satisfaction. Happiness is subjective and cultural dependent, with variations on individual and socio-cultural levels.
“Gross national product measures neither the health of our children, the quality of their education, nor the joy of their play. It measures neither the beauty of our poetry nor the strength of our marriages. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of the streets alike. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile” – Senator Robert Kennedy (1968)
Illustrations and words Kenneth Lyngaas