Evils of Communism and Triumph of Catholicism or the Triumphs of the Free Markets over Socialism?
via Ike: What’s wrong with the Ex Soviet Republics, Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Burma,North Korea, Belarus ? Does Socialism breeds some innate unhappiness? With all the incessant Wahhabi criticism Saudis come up on the top so does South West Asia. Washington Post has run a story on countries where people feel the most and least loved. Ex Soviet Republics, Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Burma score very poorly.A color-coded map of the countries where people feel the most and least loved. Over 2006 and 2007, Gallup surveyed people in 136 countries about the amount of love in their lives, asking them, “Did you experience love for a lot of the day yesterday?” The point of the question was to determine the countries where people feel the most and least loved.The three countries with the very highest scores are, in this order, the Philippines (93 percent), Rwanda (92 percent) and Puerto Rico (90 percent). The region that appears to experience the most love is Latin America, followed by Southeast Asia and Western Europe. Low-scoring countries included Burma/Myanmar, Yemen, and three African states: Ethiopia, Chad and Morocco.
Seems religion and family ties go a long way to making a person feel loved. My fiancee and I have an interesting observation about the contrast between India & the UK. In India where family ties are a given, it’s taken for granted and instead people, across all socio-economic stratas are focused very strongly on material gains. This isn’t somehow just acquisition for survival but a fierce status competition whereby the need to buy branded goods and latest products is in full rush just to be better than one’s cousins. In the UK, which is a prosperous and more detached society than India (family ties are far more diffuse), there is a far more of a focus now on “quality of life” and “well being.”
There is no doubt that while money can’t make you happy; it is the basis for happiness. However beyond money (survival) the imperative lies in managing expectations and building a life that is conducive to loving and being loved (not only your partner or immediate family but the wider circles as well). Esther Perel in this brilliant Ted Talk (my fiancee loves Ted Talks and makes me watch them) talks about the incompatibility of love (to need, to own, to hold; Safety) and desire (to observe, to want; Risk). I would say that the way out from this apparent paradox (the future of two is the persistence of erotic desire in a marriage/relationship) is actually going back to the village (i.e community of family & friends) for emotional sustenance beyond demanding that only from one’s partner.