10 July, 2011

Gross Domestic Happiness

There are lots of things that impact on our daily lives....

Every purchasing decision we make has political, social, economic, environmental (& perhaps spiritual) implications.

The carbon tax debate seems to have boiled down to how much will it cost me (or for some, how much will I get compensated.

We (collectively) seemed to have lost track about what it is all about........it is not about you. It is not about me.

Putting a price on pollution should be about climate justice for developing communities & future generations & the species that we share the biome with.

Developing communities have contributed the least to the accumulated levels of Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, yet the same communities are already suffering the worst consequences of Climate Change.

Future Generations will need a planet that is habitable.

Humans are the only species on earth, that uses external sources of energy (apart from metabolism). By external sources of energy, I am referring to wood, coal, petroleum etc... We are the only species that burns stuff.

Our lives have become complicated. We are interconnected. We are inter-dependent......and yet we have become disconnected from the impacts that we have on our natural environment.

We flick a switch. We push a button......and we are oblivious to (or we forget) the consequences upstream & downstream.

For all the wonders, the benefits, the convenience of modern technology and modern Australian society......are we happy?

Well actually, yes I am. Yet, so many people around me do not seem to be.

RT Love, compassion and concern for others are real sources of happiness.

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