Monday, December 5, 2011
Standard of Living vs Quality of Life
With 9% unemployment (25 million) and 16% unemployment/underemployment, real estate worth plummeting by 1/3 and falling, suburbs become enclaves of the poor and dispossessed, permanent psychological damage after 6 months of job-search failures, a destitute nation with a $800 billion military budget... experts are now beginning to debate whether to call the current Recession a downright DEPRESSION.
One thing they agree on is that the American STANDARD OF LIVING will be lowered, likely for good - the beginning of the end of materialist orgies for the masses, e.g. Xmas-madness. This is the way it should be, and will have to be, since an over-high standard of living, i.e. living beyond ones means, both personally and nationally, is one of the prime reasons for the recession/depression in the first place.
One ignoble thing is that this necessary lowering of living standard by and large is and will be involuntary. So much the nobler is to lower it on ones own accord before one is forced to do so.
Since I became a full-time non-profit ARA, my Standard of Living has been sharply curtailed (down to about $1200/month), but my QUALITY OF LIFE has been immeasurably elevated.
No, the Standard of Living and the Quality of Life are not related, much less the same. "The best things in life are free", and we are all born with them within ourselves.
[How Unemployment is Tearing America Apart]
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)