For many decades, critics of economic development argued that rising incomes and greater material abundance did not lead to higher levels of happiness. In 1974, Richard Easterlin from the University of Southern California noted that people in richer countries were not happier than people in poor countries. Subsequent research found that the so-called Easterlin Paradox did not exist. Instead, happiness seems to increase with affluence. Today, a different kind of criticism is gaining round. Happiness may be increasing, the critics of economic development concede, but life in a modern capitalist society is more and more devoid of meaning. What are we to make of this criticism?
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인생에서 단순하고 소박한 아름다움을 하나씩 찾아 모으며 나날을 보내는 것 외에 그 어느 것도 바라지 않은 사람이야말로 더없이 행복한 사람이다. (That man is happiest who lives from day to day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of a life.)
재산은 인생의 곤경에서 사람의 마음을 안심시켜 주기 위해 있는 것이지만, 인생은 재산을 모으기 위한 목적으로 있는 것이 아니다. (Riches are intended for the comfort of life, and not life for the purpose of hoarding riches.)
Fata volentem ducunt, nolentem trahunt (Destiny carries the willing man; and drags the unwilling)
In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family, be completely present. When you are content to simply be yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
재산은 인생의 곤경에서 사람의 마음을 안심시켜 주기 위해 있는 것이지만, 인생은 재산을 모으기 위한 목적으로 있는 것이 아니다 (Riches are intended for the comfort of life, and not life for the purpose of hoarding riches.)