Monday, April 16, 2012

Culture and the Happiness of Nations: Denmark and Costa Rica are Doing Something Right : Models for the Future?


Why is Costa Rica the happiest country in the Americas and why does Denmark always sit atop the happiness charts for nations?

The Global Happiness Derby is a posting by Robert J. Samuelson today at the Washington Post -- hat tip to CaryGEE for bringing the article to my attention -- where Samuelson cites to the just published World Happiness Report. Samuelson writes inter alia:
"A person who smiles a lot is either a fool or an American,” says a Russian adage cited by historian Peter N. Stearns of George Mason University in the Harvard Business Review....

...The “pursuit of happiness” may be a “right,” as the Declaration of Independence says. But the achievement of happiness is not an entitlement. The happiness movement is at best utopian; at worst, it’s silly and oppressive."
We do not share Samuelson's somewhat skeptical view.

It would seem to this author that the happiness of individuals and nations is to a large degree the product of expectations, but also a product of rational social and environmental policies.

On the individual level, someone with small expectations is much more likely to be pleased with even the smallest of blessings while persons with exaggerated expectations about themselves or the world are almost always going to be "unhappy" because those expectations are not going to being met by the realities. 

Such unhappy people will always be "wanting", i.e. "wanting more". 

Hence, one might posit that you have to be "realistic" to be happy, or perhaps, even be "deluded" into being "satisfied" with the whatever you have, large, middle or small, rather than always "wanting more".

Another factor for happiness is suggested by Erika Andersen at Forbes, who visited Denmark, the country that perennially scores the highest in tests for the happiness of nations. Andersen writes at Happy in Denmark - How Come?:
"I'm less surprised than I would have otherwise been: it seemed extraordinarily calm, clean and prosperous. Nearly everyone we met was relaxed, curious, helpful, and friendly.  It's not perfect – I know, for instance, that the Danes pay a huge amount in income taxes. But it looks like they get a lot for it; medical care and education are covered, childcare and parental leave policies are generous, public transport is good, the streets are safe.
However, I noticed one difference between Denmark and many other countries with a high level of socialized services: it seemed remarkably un-bureaucratic. Things were organized without being regimented or restrictive.
As I've been reading more about Denmark since returning, I've stumbled upon an element that I think may be key to understanding the Danish happiness phenomenon – and one that also explains this unusual combination of simplicity and structure. It turns out the Danes also have high levels of trust. They trust each other, the government, and they even trust 'outsiders' – visitors and foreign nationals who come to Denmark to live and work."
If "trust" is in fact the answer,
then the rest of the world can forget about being globally "happy".
It is not going to happen. Just watch the daily news on TV.
 
The kind of trust that is possible in a small, largely homogeneous nation such as Denmark is duplicated elsewhere in northern Europe, and that is where the happiest nations, with a couple of exceptions, are found, as seen in World Now at the Los Angeles Times:
"According to polls taken from 2005 to 2011, these were the happiest countries:
  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands
  5. Canada
  6. Switzerland
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Ireland"
So, what explains the unexpectedly high happiness more recently documented in a third-world nation such as Costa Rica, which does not fit the normal northern European mold of happiness?

Why are people in Costa Rica so happy?

Read Costa Rica Happiest Country In The Americas, via VisitCostaRica.com, which tells us inter alia:
"Costa Rica, today, has come full circle and proven that a life focused on the well-being of the people and the planet is the best recipe to living a long and happy life....
The key to happiness, as Costa Rica has proven, isn't necessarily limited to the act of consuming less. Rather, it is the philosophy that when people take the time to take care of and appreciate the things around them that aren't replaceable, such as the environment, their people, and their culture, then they begin to create a society that finds happiness in the simple things that the world has to offer."
In view of the world's receding natural resources, that looks like a very good recipe for happiness.

The Hiccups Boson Revisited: Discovery News Reports that 'Faster-Than-Light' Neutrino Team Leaders Resign


Discovery News Reports that 'Faster-Than-Light' Neutrino Team Leaders Resign.

We posted about the Hiccups Boson previously at LawPundit in

Evidence and The Science of Wishful Thinking: CERN Higgs Boson a Loose Cable: Faster than Light Neutrino is Nothing But a Fata Morgana -- a Mirage

and at Einstein's Voice in

More on the God Particle - the Hiccups Boson, oops, Higgs Boson.

As usual,
we were one of the FEW voices of outspoken reason
remaining in the world
at a time when the gullible mainstream media
were busy drumming up yet another "wishful thinking" story in science,
a story which has turned out NOT to be true.

Again, the LawPundit urges some of you out there to read my books and publications written about similar, still existing MAJOR FLAWS in current unfounded mainstream theories, especially in the archaeological and historical sphere.

If the LawPundit while just sitting at his desk can spot flaws in high-tech theoretical physics where even the physicists do not initially see them, then maybe there is more credence than meets the eye to some of his other observations.

Take a look at my most recent book:

Ancient Signs The Alphabet & The Origins of Writing,Ancient Signs 
a print & ebook, 
which shows modern alphabets derive from ancient alphabets as derived from syllabic scripts (Sumer, Egypt, Iran, Anatolia, Crete, Cyprus). The book includes several key examples of consummate errors made by the mainstream humanities in erroneous analysis of critical issues of mankind's history.

Crossposted from LawPundit.


Sunday, April 01, 2012

Links in the Book Ancient Signs: The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing by Andis Kaulins - XVI - Links Starting with Letters X, Y and Z



Links
in the
Book
Ancient Signs
The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing

by Andis Kaulins
There are
ca. 1650
total hyperlinks
in the book
Ancient Signs,
or
ca. 1250 hyperlinks
after removing
most topic duplicates
(we say ca.
because
the exact number
is not that important, but individual links are or can be important)

 Ancient Signs
NEW!
Ancient Signs:
The Alphabet & The Origins of Writing

a print & ebook, 
shows that
modern alphabets
follow ancient alphabets
as derived from syllabic scripts such as found in Sumer, Egypt, Iran, Anatolia, Crete, Cyprus.
Google limits links on one website page or blog posting to ca. 100
Since 99 links appears to be the limit for Google Search we have divided the links up into a series of pages starting alphabetically with A both for English topics and Greek terms. 
Link Topic
Link Destination
(link topics can be general in some cases)
(not all links are active as originally recorded, but that is in the nature of the Internet)


 LINKS starting with the letters
X, Y, and Z
PAGE XVI
of LINKS


χαίτη
χάλκ-ειος
χαμαί
χείρ
χένας
χέννιον
χεμα
χέω
χυτρεύς
χωρμετρέω

ζάω
ζειά
ζείδωρος
ζεγος
ζυγός
ζώνη
ζον

XAr
Xil
Yale
Y-Chromosomes Anatolia Greece Crete
Yes Zulu Watch
Yuri V. Knorozov
Zannanza
Zaquia
žāvēt
zeme
zemu ūdens līmeni
zikura
zivs
ZOBI
Zodiac
žogs
Zum Einfluss des Lettischen auf das Deutsche
ZUR
žuvis

Links in the Book Ancient Signs: The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing by Andis Kaulins - XV - Links Starting with Letters U, V and W



Links
in the
Book
Ancient Signs
The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing

by Andis Kaulins
There are
ca. 1650
total hyperlinks
in the book
Ancient Signs,
or
ca. 1250 hyperlinks
after removing
most topic duplicates
(we say ca.
because
the exact number
is not that important, but individual links are or can be important)

 Ancient Signs
NEW!
Ancient Signs:
The Alphabet & The Origins of Writing

a print & ebook, 
shows that
modern alphabets
follow ancient alphabets
as derived from syllabic scripts such as found in Sumer, Egypt, Iran, Anatolia, Crete, Cyprus.
Google limits links on one website page or blog posting to ca. 100
Since 99 links appears to be the limit for Google Search we have divided the links up into a series of pages starting alphabetically with A both for English topics and Greek terms. 
Link Topic
Link Destination
(link topics can be general in some cases)
(not all links are active as originally recorded, but that is in the nature of the Internet)


 LINKS starting with the letters
U, V and W
PAGE XV
of LINKS

γιαστός
γίεια
δος
δωρ
εσσι
πείρo-
ς

νος
ρεγον

UAH
ūdeņa
ūdeņa
ūdenains
ūdenas
ūdenī
ūdenis
ūdenīt
ūdeņos
ūdens
Ūdens pāriet
UdSSR
Ugarit
Ulu Burun
Uluburun shipwreck
Uluburun Shipwreck, late 14th century B.C.
Uluburun shipwreck artifacts
Underwater archaeology
United States
Universalgeschichte der Schrift
University of Kiel
University of Nebraska in Lincoln
University of Trier Law School
Unter-uhldinen, Bodensee
UZ
vabule
vakars
Valda Antonija Kaulins née Putelis
valdīšana
valds
Valetta
VĀRPATA
VARS
vat
vegetables
Ventris decipherment of Linear B
Verbascum thapsus
Vernal Equinox
vesló
Vicia faba in Elam
Villa Rothschild Kempinski
VISTA
VISTENE
Vowel Sounds inEgyptian Hieroglyphs
vowel theory
vowels
Wallachian Cretan sheep
Walter de Gruyte
Wanderwörter
Waren die Pharaonen Legastheniker?
WAS
watercourse
WaterHistory.org
Waw
We, the Balts
Webster's Dictionary
Western Civilization
wet nurse
What's in the Bag?
Who Rightfully Claims the Holy Land?
wick
wicks
Wiener
Wikimedia
Wikipedia
Wiktionary
Wilbur Gaffney
Wine Harvesting Antiques
Women of the Trojan War
writing, history of
Writing Origins and Dyslexia

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