Essay about Money Can't Buy Happiness

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“The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

The Kingdom of Bhutan is pursuing a bold new social experiment. They want to demonstrate that a spartan rural society join the high-tech world without surrendering its soul. [1] Bhutan is an extraordinary place; seemingly untouched through the course of time. Resting in the heart of the Himalayas, it has remained in self-imposed detachment for centuries, apart from the rest of the world. "Since its doors were cautiously opened in 1974, visitors have been mesmerized: the environment is pristine,
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Our way of life depends on a continuous influx of the very commodities that are most damaging to the environment. This is particularly troubling since nearly every other nation in the world is emulating American consumption patterns. As global population increases and consumption skyrockets, we are rapidly depleting the planet's natural resources, degrading its renewable support systems of water, soil, and air, and producing more waste than the Earth and the atmosphere can absorb. Our hectic work-and-spend way of life also has huge social costs. Every year, millions of families declare personal bankruptcy, and credit card debt reaches new heights. Millions of Americans report feeling exhausted, pressured, and hungry for more balanced lives. They are seeking greater purpose and more free time to spend with family and friends. Evidence tends to say that this is not the life that most of us would dream about. The following statements are a list of facts that support this claim:

•Despite the astounding economic growth between 1958 and 2010, Americans reported feeling significantly less well-off in 2010 than they had many years before. [4]
•Americans reporting that they were "very happy" were no more numerous in 2010 than in 1957. [5]
•Percentage of 18 to 29 year-olds who think they have a very good chance of achieving "the good life": 1978: 41% 2010: 21 % [6]
•Rise in per capita consumption in the U.S. in the last 20 years: 45% [7]

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