Headline : "China - Growth may not equal happiness"
And this: "China's middle class vents anger"
Why does the media (and everyone else) always seem surprised with these headlines about shit that I have known in my heart and soul since I was twelve years old?
I'll take it a few steps further - "growth" and "development" and "more/good/better/best" not only don't equal happiness, THEY ARE ACTUALLY BAD for the human condition and humankind, mother nature, and all the cute little plants and animals. This applies all over the world, in every country, for every government, dictatorship and democracy alike, every ideology, everywhere, under all circumstances.
Growth ≠ Happiness
Happiness = Good
Growth + Development = Sprawl = Not Sustainable = Not Good = Bad
I'll put a positive, hopeful spin on it with this caveat - "unchecked, rampant" growth and development. Were we smarter about it, less motivated by greed and more motivated by good as a species, we could have built a sustainable Utopia over the past two hundred years.
We still can.
He stops typing, and mutters under his breath..."I need some tango, quick, someone give me some tango".
[Stay tuned for my next post - "De Luxe :: Luxury, something we deserve or a disease that infects us?"]