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ENGLISH Book2020

 

     

 

 

 Book 2020 Introduction US Propaganda Political Systems Fixing Democracy Fixing Our Lives Fixing the Economy Life Enjoyment Globalization Fixing the USA End to Globalization Fixing Other Countries The Future Conclusion Appendix


 

MAXIMIZING LIFE ENJOYMENT

 

 

 

 

Life enjoyment has little to do with money. There have been plenty of unhappy depressed suicidal people among the rich, and there have been plenty of very happy, very poor – by Western standards – people, who have never had TV, radio, telephone, or a car, but also no mental illness or a divorce, and who live to be one hundred years old, without ever being treated by Western medicine.

 

 

Money Does Not Equal Life Enjoyment

 

Correct government policies resulting in better social order can improve quality of life of people in all countries, in all socio-economic segments, from the extremely poor to the extremely rich. Naturally improvement will be highest in the lowest segments of population and lowest in the highest ones.

 

Level of happiness and satisfaction should be the main parameter for measurement of individual’s quality of life. If someone is rich and unhappy, although he lives in luxury, his quality of life is poor, as quality of life is a mental, not an economic state. It is wrong to consider this quality of life proportionate to economic wealth. This is unfortunately what the establishment is wrongfully doing. If someone is poor and happy, his life quality is rich. Unfortunately our money-oriented society sees it differently.

 

 

 

Rich vs. Poor

 

Riches normally translate to emotional flatness with low peaks of joy from new stimuli. You must get down in life to appreciate life’s highs. Rich people normally do not get these down-in-life states. They are pampered from the time they are born. When a rich child loses a balloon, his parents replace it immediately. The rich kid has any toys he wants, so he does not experience as much the ups and downs of a poor child.

 

The poor kid plays make belief. This allows him to have the same joy from a piece of wooden block as the rich kid has from a new expensive toy. The poor kid’s imagination gets stimulated a lot better, and his creativity grows as a result. The rich kid lacks in this department, therefore things which are joy for normal people become ordinary, unexciting for him. To achieve the same level of joy, he must seek higher levels of excitement. It is hard for him to achieve emotional peaks that ordinary people reach from normal life experiences. Because the rich person can’t achieve these peaks as easily, he often reaches for cocaine, unnatural sexual practices, etc. Despite the fact that he is educated better to stay away from drugs than an ordinary person is, he often becomes hooked.

 

 

 

The Rich

 

There isn’t anything more pathetic than a rich businessman, a multimillionaire who runs a corporation, where he lies and cheats ordinary people in order so that he can become even richer, so that his corporation is even more powerful, which feeds his ego and makes him feel good about himself. How many people does he have to cheat, how many lies does he have to say, how many of us have to suffer because of his products like weapons, junk foods, cigarettes, junk bonds, or whatever is this man making or selling? He feels superior because he has money, expensive cars, and a pretty wife – although she married him and stays with him just for his money, which makes her nothing more than a whore. If he did not have his money, she would not give him second look – because of his commissioned-salesman-like personality and other unattractive personality traits.

 

He goes to a concert of classical music – because he wants to show that he is culturally enriched, but he thinks about his business and his money throughout the event. In his spare time he plays golf and while doing so he thinks and talks money and business with friends who are lawyers – the same breed as him, or other businessmen, with whom he measures his power over other people, his economic-success, and similar “qualities of life”. They all feel very good about their money, power, and their connections. They consider themselves something better, as they offer jobs to the “less fortunate ones”. Directly or not, they give money to politicians, who are of the same sort as they are: insensitive, phony, shallow, and they are all responsible for the fact that quality of life is measured by money.

 

They all have what our society considers to be prestigious occupations. They are paid extremely well for what they do – and they are the ones who are responsible for the status quo of our society. They are indirectly responsible for the homeless, for the single mother, who is thrown out from her home together with her babies, because she owes tax money – and she becomes homeless. While the rich live in neighborhoods, where the police makes sure that there is no, or only very little crime, this poor new homeless woman is not allowed to live on the streets where the rich live. The police only allows her to live in areas, where there is crime, gangs, and rapes. Or she is offered a shelter, where there are bugs, rats, and coughing residents infected with tuberculosis. Welcome to America!

 

When rich people see this woman begging in the streets, do they give her money? No, because “it is her fault how she chose to live”. They don’t want to support this low-life segment of our society! Ordinary people give her money, although they were also brainwashed into believing that this woman chose to live this type of lifestyle. Now, can someone who is rich and insensitive have a rich life, can he be internally rich, if he or she can pass by this unfortunate woman and not give her anything?

 

There are exceptions of course. There are rich people with healthy personalities, with wives who love them, with businesses which produce products and services that are good for the society, businessmen who treat their employees fairly, however it is a rare phenomena, as the competition is fierce and one needs to pay his employees the least, provide them the least benefits, use unethical methods to stay competitive, so the pressure on the businessman to develop a crooked personality is omnipresent in the capitalist society. Market economy makes the situation worse. And yes, no matter how bad this man is, he may have a wife who loves him – despite all his personality faults.

 

 

 

The Poor

 

·         People must experience the bad, so that they can truly enjoy the good. Only after they experience misery, will they truly experience happiness. If this type of dynamics is missing, life, and emotions generally too, become flat.

·         When a poor child loses his toy, he cries for a long time. Then he creates make-belief toys, plays with a piece of something that was thrown away and will imagine it to be a super toy. He will experience a high level of enjoyment and will become much more imaginative than the rich kid, who does not have to play this make belief. The poor child’s life thus becomes richer.

 

This is not to say that emotional flatness or unhealthy personality can’t develop in a poor person. Because he is often exposed to terrible social conditions, it often happens too. He too can become emotionally flat, insensitive, can become a criminal, etc. This is something the capitalist society, where social disparities are great, is responsible for. Market economy makes it worse.

 

 

 

Middle Income Couple Example

 

Let’s take a look at a young couple in a neocolonized Eastern European country. Both the young man and the young woman work. They raise family. When they met and started going together, they did it because they were attracted to each other. At the same time the rich, when they find love, they never know if the other person loves them, or is there just for the money. Ordinary folks have it much clearer in this department, so they don’t have to be on guard and as a result can experience a true love much more easily than the rich ones can. They have enough food to eat, live in an apartment, and have experienced the good and the bad together. That allows them to live a much richer life emotionally.  

 

What is the lesson from all of this? Life’s happiness is all in our heads, not in our wallets. Money really have little to do with being happy and being happy is the quality we should all be striving for; this is what makes life most worthwhile. It is not riches that make us happy – as the establishment is trying to claim falsely in their propaganda in films, magazines, books, and on television.

 

 

Making People Bad

 

People are not born “bad”. They are made bad by the society. It is true that genes play a role, but a well functioning society is able to suppress the bad traits people have and make the good ones grow and dominate. People can learn to have empathy, or they can be made to lose empathy that they were born with. It all depends on how well the society functions. While socialist society helps in development of healthy empathy, capitalist society is very good in destroying it.

 

People must be taught to be good. Good deeds and behavior must get praised and rewarded. A leadership of genuinely good people is needed. It must serve as an example. We don’t need crooked politicians who act nice, but a sensitive person can see bad, hideous personalities through their phony facades.

 

We can see genuine goodness and sincerity among some of the very old people, this can be seen most in old women, who were born e.g. in Easter Europe. You can trust them 100%. They don’t tell lies. They were raised in different, better times, times when people were poor economically, but healthy emotionally, were taught that one needs to be good, sincere, truthful, sensitive to societal wrongs and human suffering. Music, books, movies and magazines promoted these values then and did teach people to have empathy, to cherish family values, to be good. The society where young people are brought up today is teaching them different values. Crooks, including crooked politicians, lawyers, and businessmen, celebrities with low moral standards – all these are being idealized by the media. 

 

During the time of Communism, movies and TV programming for kids taught the children the highest morals, taught them to be genuinely good, sensitive, and loving; it taught them healthy emotions and how to be well behaved. In the US the situation was quite opposite. The kids were taught violence, slyness; they wanted to see blood. At that time Shelley Duvall, together with other actors, made a series of fairy tales for kids that included such titles as Jack and the Beanstalk and Rampelstilskin. There was no violence; good values were promoted, and the kids loved these short films, despite the fact that they were very cheaply made by e.g. the Czech standards. The movies Duvall produced were funny and refreshing at a time when the mainstream media kept on pushing totally different, very bad examples of values, like the Transformer series, which was full of violence.

 

The media, the politicians, the multinationals, and the secret services are responsible for forming the following type of people:

  • Crooks, liars, insincere individuals. The kids have these examples everywhere in our society.
  • Making people unhappy: We are all bombarded by powerful medial messages that it is important to have expensive things, that expensive perfumes, jewelry, clothing, cars, and houses are a must for happiness and for individual worthiness within our society. The rich and powerful are idolized and this is why the kids, and adults too, want to be rich. They want to fit in the society as someone who is admired, not made fun of. This propaganda has a negative impact on most people, because it teaches them the wrong values. It makes them want expensive, material things, which they usually can’t attain, so their self-esteem, satisfaction, and happiness get significantly diminished.
  • If these wrong values of riches, power, and being famous are promoted to kids and adults, and the rich are idolized in media, they are also envied and admired in real life, so this media propaganda serves their needs, not the needs of the great majority of population.
  • One fairy tale that is being fed constantly to Americans is wrong – it is the fairy tale that everyone can become rich, all he needs to do is to “want to” and “work hard at it”. Most people don’t attain this goal and it stresses them and twists their personalities in such way that level of their happiness can never be as high as of someone, who cherishes totally different values, someone who did not have to make false friends, who did not have to use his friends, did not have to lie, or tell half truths, while trying to sell something in his way to success, fame, and riches.
  • The most untrue fairy tale the Americans are being fed is that everyone can become a president, that all he has to do is work hard at it. Unfortunately the brainwashing machinery that starts in school already is so powerful that most Americans believe it.
  • Until installment of the post communist “democratic” order in Czechoslovakia, general education was on an extremely high level and study of history was a part of it. It taught the students to be proud to be Czechs. CIA broadcasts via Radio Free Europe taught them to be ashamed of what they are; it showed them in an inferior way, while showing capitalism as something superior. The post communist regimes are trying very hard to stop teaching history as a subject. The media switched from promotion of art and cultural values to subculture of gossip columns in low quality magazines. They created celebrities from uneducated, non-sensitive, trivial people with low moral values. Scientists and artists are no longer being shown as “the” examples to the young. The new establishment needs a type of crowd that does not think independently, that is uneducated and celebrates values of the rich, a crowd that is not taught to think creatively and does not want to change the sick society – and does not even have the imagination how, a crowd that does not have the sensitivity to see a crook. They need a trivial crowd to celebrate the rich crooks and their twisted values.
  • The establishment is creating scared, obedient, insensitive extroverted crowd with low moral values. From this type of people it’s easy to recruit informers and ruthless policemen who will work for the benefit of the military-industrial complex and who will participate in destruction of things that are good and beneficial to the mankind, while the rest of the population will be scared to do anything about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Most People Happy?

 

In a new healthy society, which I vision, there will be no need for networking to make business contacts, to make these connections in order to get ahead; there will be no need to make friends in order to sell them stuff through multi level marketing. All this creates crooked characters, stress, false friendships, etc.

 

The solution to more happiness is, among other things, by more equally dividing riches among all people. The riches bring little happiness to the rich; on the contrary, they are responsible for the already described emotional flatness and therefore diminished ability to achieve true joy in life. If the rich need to cure their low self-esteem, psychotherapy is a lot more effective and a lot less expensive than having a lot of money and power. Work is good for these folks, because after they finish working, they will appreciate a lot more their free time.

 

The poor people on the other hand need to have more money so they suffer less and can enjoy bigger and longer life’s highs. There are a few rich and a lot of poor people. But the rich have among themselves concentrated so much wealth, that if half of it is transferred to the poor, it would mean nothing to the rich, while life of vast numbers of the poor would improve. They don’t need much to be happy.

 

 

 

Steps to improving quality of life

 

  • Removing economic hardship
  • Creating full employment
  • Teaching people that money does not lead to happiness – teaching them instead:
    • Development of feelings, sensitivities, and cultural and esthetical awareness
    • Hobbies
    • Importance of love, rather than sex, for true happiness. Sex is great, but when combined with love, it becomes a lot higher state of happiness.
    • Teaching good values and sound judgment
  • Removing from the society
    • Drugs and crime
    • Lies of politicians, businessmen, lawyers, and commissioned salesmen – these people are the real low-life of our society
  • Media must stop promoting
    • Extroversion
    • Triviality
    • Need to be skinny
    • Need to be famous
    • Need to win over someone’s spouse
    • Violence
    • Vulgarity
    • Bad morals
    • Unnatural sexual practices
  • Creating responsible government, responsive to the needs of its voters, not the corporations and their lobbies
  • Improve many times the level of democratic process
  • Introduce a lot more personal and political freedom

 

In our effort to change the society and its values, we must realize what is the political reality and what exactly is the power base, which we will have to educate and fight at the same time, because the entrenched establishment has very strong self-preserving tools, like powerful secret services, powerful media, powerful army and police forces that do work efficiently to promote and preserve the needs of the elites. This means that all changes must be done not via revolution, but via rapid evolution. The rich and powerful must not feel any discomfort and they too must benefit from the changes.

 

Our predecessors of generations ago did not have radio, TV, electricity, supermarkets, cars, rock-n-roll, hip-hop, techno, or drugs. They would be considered very poor by our standards. But they were happy – probably more than we are. They were content with what they had. They had plenty of fun and created entertainment with what they had. No one reminded them all the time on TV that more is better and that if you don’t have more, you are less of a human being. And no one was telling them that everyone could be rich and successful, slim and funny, that all that was needed was to want it enough and work hard on it, which is naturally not true. The hard work required to obtain something that one is programmed to need brings out stress, dissatisfaction and the end result is less happiness than we had before, or that our predecessors had. They knew that they were farmers and factory workers and no one was pushing them to be landowners and factory owners. They realized that they have a certain place in the society and they made the best of what they had. They were lacking the modern stress created by the need to change one’s personality, stress from trying to be extroverted, rich, funny, skinny, and famous.

 

To show that money has little to do with happiness, let’s compare level of dissatisfaction in the rich and powerful USA and in a poor country. In the two middle columns we will find (1.) percentage of people in each of five economic categories, (2.) multiplied by a level of average dissatisfaction in that category. When we add the results and divide them by 100 (an arbitrary constant I use in all these examples), we get average dissatisfaction level in that country.

 

Country          Population      Percentage      Level of                      Dissatisfaction

                        Segment          of Population  Dissatisfaction            Points

USA:

Very rich        1%                  x0.9                            =0.9

Rich                9%                  x3                               =27

Average          80%                x9                               =720

Poor                9%                  x30                             =270

Very poor       1%                  x90                             =90

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        Total               100%              total dissatisf. points  =1107.9

                        1107.9:100=11 points – average dissatisfaction in the US

 

Poor Country:

Rich                1%                  x1                               =1

Average          9%                  x3.3                            =30

Poor                80%                x10                             =800

Very poor       9%                  x33                             =300

Extremely poor 1%                x100                           =100

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        Total               100%              total dissatisf. points  =1231

                        1231:100=12 points average dissatisfaction in a poor country

 

If Americans, while living in the US, had to live the life of the people of the poor country:

Rich               1%                  x3                               =3

Average          9%                  x10                             =90

Poor                80%                x30                             =2400

Very poor       9%                  x100                           =900

Extremely poor 1%                x300                           =300

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        Total               100%              total dissatisf. points  =3693

3693:100=37 points – average dissatisfaction in the US if the economic level there was on the level of a poor country

 

 

If Americans, in the US, had the same attitude towards life as the people have in the poor country:

Very rich         1%                  x0.3                                                    =0.3

Rich                9%                  x1                                                       =9

Average          80%                x3                                                       =240

Poor                9%                  x10                                                     =90

Very poor       1%                  x30                                                     =30

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        Total               100%              total dissatisf. points  =369.3

369.3:100=3.7 points – average dissatisfaction in the US if Americans had the same attitude towards life as people have in a poor country

 

 

From these examples we can see how extremely important are psychological factors, not money, in dissatisfaction/satisfaction of people.

 

3-times higher satisfaction can be achieved

 

by simply reprogramming the people’s minds. Different TV programming, different educational system, etc. can be used to make people, on the average, 3-times more satisfied.

 

 

 

Quality Of Life

 

 

1. Based on Gross National Product (GNP) – per Capita

 

This table takes into consideration only average income per person. This criterion had been used a lot in the past, especially to prove how much better life is in Western capitalist countries compared to the socialist ones. Here, in this way of looking at quality of life, the first place goes to the US now and second one to US four decades ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Republic

Czech Republic

USA

USA 1968

Czechoslovakia 1968

Ideal

GNP/ capita

1

5.7

36

19

5.3

90

Quality of Life

1

5.7

36

19

5.3

90

% Achievable quality of life

1

6

40

21

6

100

RANKING

 

4

 

 

3

 

 

1

 

2

3

 

                             

 

All values are adjusted for inflation and are not necessarily the official statistics, which I consider biased.

 

 

 

2. Based on Purchasing Power per Capita

 

This table takes into account cost of living. This is the table that is used most lately. It still considers economic factors only. The first place goes to the United States, the second one to the Communist country Czechoslovakia; the third place goes to Czech Republic now, couple decades after the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Republic

Czech Republic

USA

USA 1968

Czechoslovakia

1968

Ideal

 

Low inc.

Mid inc.

High inc.

Low inc

Med inc

High inc.

Low inc.

Mid inc.

High inc.

 

 

 

Purchasing power / capita

28

278

2800

530

1600

4800

1700

4000

10000

4000

3200

9900

Quality of Life

28

278

2800

530

1600

4800

1700

4000

10000

4000

3200

9900

% Achievable quality of life

0.3

3

28

5

16

48

17

40

101

40

32

100

RANKING

 

4

 

 

3

 

 

1

 

1

2

 

 

Explanation: Inc. = income

 


 

3. Quality of Life with Social Factors Included

 

This table takes into account all major factors, not only the economic ones. Unfortunately this type of comparison is practically never used, because it shows the capitalist system in a quite negative light. What is interesting is that first place goes to a Communist country, well ahead of the United States of now or four decades ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Republic

Czech Republic

USA

USA 1968

Cze-cho-slov.

1968

Ideal

Total per group

% Total per group

 

Low inc

Mid inc.

High inc.

Low inc

Med inc

High inc.

Low inc.

Mid inc.

High inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Happiness

350

1500

1500

1500

2000

2000

1200

1500

1500

2000

3000

5000

 

 

Security

16

160

160

320

320

320

320

320

320

400

1600

2000

 

 

Freedom from STDs

5

5

5

50

50

50

5

5

5

300

950

1000

 

 

Satisfaction

15

150

300

50

150

300

140

300

300

350

300

600

 

 

Lack of prison torture / rapes

2

50

500

100

100

300

40

40

250

20

500

600

 

 

Lack of homeless population

40

40

40

100

100

100

40

40

40

80

600

600

 

 

Comfort

3.5

35

300

65

130

300

230

270

500

240

35

600

 

 

Freedom from crime

5

20

300

40

40

40

10

20

150

40

800

900

 

 

Social development

40

80

80

150

150

150

150

150

150

200

400

500

11800

39.6

Purchasing power / capita

28

278

2800

530

1600

4800

1700

4000

10000

4000

3200

9900

9900

33

Developed feelings

800

800

600

800

800

600

400

400

300

500

1000

1500

 

 

Cultural level

50

150

150

250

250

250

100

100

100

150

450

900

 

 

Healthy families

600

600

600

300

300

300

150

150

150

200

400

800

 

 

Mental health

400

400

400

300

300

300

150

150

150

200

400

500

 

 

Child care

150

150

300

150

150

300

150

150

300

200

250

300

4000

13

Longevity

1050

1050

1050

1140

1140

1140

1170

1170

1170

1170

1140

1500

 

 

Freedom from chemicals

20

20

20

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

100

400

 

 

Health care

16

65

130

130

130

260

110

130

350

175

250

600

 

 

Freedom from pollution

20

20

20

25

25

25

30

30

30

30

15

150

2650

9

Freedom

50

150

300

400

400

400

300

300

400

500

800

900

 

 

General education

25

50

50

150

150

150

75

75

75

100

200

250

 

 

Life skills

80

80

80

60

60

60

80

80

80

80

80

100

 

 

Country free of foreign control

10

10

10

10

10

10

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

 

Political understanding

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

15

25

75

 

 

Democracy level

1

1

1

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

1

45

 

 

Economic freedom

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

1.5

15

1485

5

Quality of Life

3807

5894

9726

6705

8440

12240

6735

9565

16505

11115

16598

29835

29835

 

% Achievable quality of life

13

20

33

22

28

41

23

32

55

37

56

100

 

100

RANKING

 

5

 

 

4

 

 

3

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Life Enjoyment Index

 

1. Life Enjoyment Index of an Individual

 

“Life Enjoyment Index” is less money dependant than the “quality of life index” of the previous table. The first place goes again to Communist Czechoslovakia.

 

 

Banana Republic

Czech Republic

USA

USA 1968

Czecho-slov.1968

Ideal

total per group

% total per group

 

low inc

mid inc.

high inc.

low inc

med inc

high inc.

low inc.

mid inc.

high inc.

happiness

350

1500

1500

1500

2000

2000

1200

1500

1500

2000

3000

5000

 

 

security

16

160

160

320

320

320

320

320

320

400

1600

2000

 

 

freedom from STDs

5

5

5

50

50

50

5

5

5

300

950

1000

 

 

satisfaction

15

150

300

50

150

300

140

300

300

350

300

600

 

 

lack of prison torture / rapes

2

50

500

100

100

300

40

40

250

20

500

600

 

 

lack of homeless population

40

40

40

100

100

100

40

40

40

80

600

600

 

 

comfort

3,5

35

300

65

130

300

230

270

500

240

35

600

 

 

freedom from crime

5

20

300

40

40

40

10

20

150

40

800

900

 

 

social development

40

80

80

150

150

150

150

150

150

200

400

500

11800

49,9

purchasing power / capita

10

105

1050

198

600

1800

637

1500

3750

1500

1200

3700

3700

16

developed feelings

800

800

600

800

800

600

400

400

300

500

1000

1500

 

 

cultural level

50

150

150

250

250

250

100

100

100

150

450

900

 

 

healthy families

600

600

600

300

300

300

150

150

150

200

400

800

 

 

mental health

400

400

400

300

300

300

150

150

150

200

400

500

 

 

child care

150

150

300

150

150

300

150

150

300

200

250

300

4000

17

longevity

1050

1050

1050

1140

1140

1140

1170

1170

1170

1170

1140

1500

 

 

freedom from chemicals

20

20

20

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

100

400

 

 

health care

16

65

130

130

130

260

110

130

350

175

250

600

 

 

freedom from pollution

20

20

20

25

25

25

30

30

30

30

15

150

2650

11

freedom

50

150

300

400

400

400

300

300

400

500

800

900

 

 

general education

25

50

50

150

150

150

75

75

75

100

200

250

 

 

life skills

80

80

80

60

60

60

80

80

80

80

80

100

 

 

country free of foreign control

10

10

10

10

10

10

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

 

political understanding

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

15

25

75

 

 

democracy level

1

1

1

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

1

45

 

 

economic freedom

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

1,5

15

1485

6

Quality of Life

3789

5721

7976

6373

7440

9240

5672

7065

10255

8615

14598

23635

23635

 

% achievable quality of life

16

24

34

27

31

39

24

30

43

36

62

100

 

100

RANKING

 

5

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

 


 

2. Life Enjoyment Index with More Equally Distributed Wealth

 

This table shows what happens by simply distributing wealth more equally among the population. Naturally it would require major political and socio-economic changes and it would take time for the high-income groups to adjust. Because the low-income groups will be better off economically, it will cure some of the social problems, like high homelessness level, crime, hate of the rich; it will increase awareness level among the poor in regards of STD dangers, etc. This will, as a result, also bring higher comforts to the middle income groups. In the high-income group the increased freedom from crime, less hate by the poor, less homeless population, etc. will bring enough benefits to compensate for the lower income levels.

 

 

 

Banana Republ.

Czech Republic

USA

USA 1968

Czecho-slov.1968

Ideal

total

per group

% total per group

 

low

inc

mid

inc.

high

inc.

low

inc

med

inc

high

inc.

low

inc.

mid

inc.

high

inc.

happiness

1200

1700

1700

1700

2100

2100

1500

1800

1800

2000

3000

5000

 

 

security

250

400

400

400

400

400

400

400

400

400

1600

2000

 

 

freedom from STDs

30

30

30

60

60

60

30

30

30

300

950

1000

 

 

satisfaction

150

200

400

150

300

400

300

400

400

350

300

600

 

 

lack of prison torture / rapes

2

50

500

100

100

300

40

40

250

20

500

600

 

 

lack of homeless population

120

120

120

200

200

200

120

120

120

80

600

600

 

 

comfort

30

45

350

100

134

350

250

300

550

240

35

600

 

 

freedom from crime

25

40

400

100

100

100

200

200

200

40

800

900

 

 

social development

40

80

80

150

150

150

150

150

150

200

400

500

11800

49,9

purchasing power / capita

52

105

210

300

600

1200

750

1500

3000

1500

1200

3700

3700

16

developed feelings

800

800

600

800

800

600

400

400

300

500

1000

1500

 

 

cultural level

50

150

150

250

250

250

100

100

100

150

450

900

 

 

healthy families

600

600

600

300

300

300

150

150

150

200

400

800

 

 

mental health

400

400

400

300

300

300

150

150

150

200

400

500

 

 

child care

150

150

300

150

150

300

150

150

300

200

250

300

4000

17

longevity

1050

1050

1050

1140

1140

1140

1170

1170

1170

1170

1140

1500

 

 

freedom from chemicals

20

20

20

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

100

400

 

 

health care

40

65

130

130

130

260

115

130

350

175

250

600

 

 

freedom from pollution

20

20

20

25

25

25

30

30

30

30

15

150

2650

11

freedom

50

150

300

400

400

400

300

300

400

500

800

900

 

 

general education

30

50

50

150

150

150

75

75

75

100

200

250

 

 

life skills

80

80

80

60

60

60

80

80

80

80

80

100

 

 

country free of foreign control

10

10

10

10

10

10

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

 

political understanding

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

15

25

75

 

 

democracy level

1

1

1

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

1

45

 

 

economic freedom

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

1,5

15

1485

6

Quality of Life

5230

6346

7931

7060

7944

9140

6645

7860

10190

8615

14598

23635

23635

 

% achievable quality of life

22

27

34

30

34

39

28

33

43

36

62

100

 

100

RANKING

 

5

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

Life enjoyment is what we need to strive for. That is the true factor by which we should measure quality of our lives. Money has little to do with life enjoyment, except when we consider the lowest socioeconomic groups. The table above shows how doing nothing more than redistributing income more fairly would benefit our society. In the first column we see 37% increase (22 vs. 16) in life enjoyment – compared to the previous table. This column covers majority of the world’s population.

 

 


 

3. Life Enjoyment Index by Adding Improved Psychological Factors

 

So far we have been looking at people satisfaction and life enjoyment by examining effect of the various factors, by improving everything by better distribution of wealth, etc. In the previous pages we have also learned the importance of psychological factors, which can improve satisfaction about three times. Redistribution of wealth has a big effect on these psychological factors; however the biggest improvement will come from

  • improvement of self-image
  • stress reduction
  • having realistic goals
  • being satisfied with oneself as an introvert – promotion of extroversion by the media is an absolute nonsense; it does not help make one happier, more satisfied or stress free
  • being satisfied with having average income
  • being satisfied while driving an old car
  • no pressure to take the family out to eat in restaurants
  • not having to worry that kids will get drug-addicted, or would catch an STD
  • not having to worry about losing one’s job and being unemployed
  • without being exposed to crime
  • without being exposed to crooked selling practices
  • by being able to go to a store, where a well educated salesman in its field will be able to recommend what is best for us, not what he makes the highest commission on
  • food will be organic, not chemical
  • schools will be efficient and interesting for the students
  • one will be able to read and write English in one year, not in several
  • the wife will have no desire to own gold, diamonds, or fur coats

 

Our society can achieve all this quite painlessly. The end result will be big additional improvement in satisfaction and life enjoyment. This book is a recipe. I’m sure that there are other recipes that are equally efficient; however I must confess that I have not seen them.

 

 

 

 

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