PolPhil Reading Reflection #6 (1).pdf

In all honesty this probably isnt a particularly

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given society is its GDP per capita, or in other words, how much stuff its citizens have. In all honesty, this probably isn’t a particularly accurate indicator. Although citizens of wealthy, developed countries tend to have a lot of stuff, the rates of depression and suicide in the countries tend to also be very high. I don’t have any statistics to support this, but I would not find it surprising if even the poorest countries in the world tend to have a happier populace than the wealthiest. The founding fathers placed particular value on some economic activities because they believed it would be best for society, but they did not share the same materialist outlook that we tend to as we look through a purely economic lense, I believe they valued some activities because they contributed to the end of flourishing. I honestly think that they had a good point.
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What value is our relentless pursuit of wealth if it does not help us flourish and be happy? Why shouldn’t we prioritize industries that aren’t as profitable but more beneficial to human flourishing? I think it may be a result of our own short-sightedness and our prideful, competitive nature. People often think things will make them happy, and what will make them even happier is having more things than everyone else.
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  • Spring '14
  • BryanT.McGraw
  • Sociology, gross domestic product, Value added

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