Modern Society

2010/02/19 - 15:15

Most of modern society is (still) based on economic gain.

Many (most) people nowadays will find this logic, because they don't know anything else and society has worked like that for generations. Thus they think this is unalterable. As in former eras people thought it was unalterable that society were mainly based on war or on religion or on some feudal system or that the earth was flat. The same way that these ancient convictions turned out not to be necessarily true, it could turn out that economics does not necessarily have to be the base of society.

If we don't screw up by destroying the planet or each other, most surely the day will come that the reference will be human happiness, in some way like Butan is trying to pursue currently (in spanish - original source: el País).

Of course this will need some profound change of vision and it definitely will take a long time before this will be accepted and felt (!) on a large scale. But what are some five or ten generations of men's life on a historic scale?

It's a long way to get to Butan's and many people's utopy. We will need to diminish egoism and greed and understand that it's better to do one step forward for example 5 together, instead of ME doing three steps forward, while other four go one step back. It's the sum of the whole that counts, not the gain of one individually.

And I definitely see some first signs. In fact democracy and the universal declaration of human rights are forces in that sense.

Now... there are still many (individuals, and thus, many companies and governments) that do not (always) obide by the corresponding philosophy, taking the path of corruption and obscure (non transparent actions) actions.

What if we compare the numbers of corruption and peoples perception of happiness per country?


Worlds most corrupt countries >>>
(reverse order)

  1. New Zealand
  2. Denmark
  3. Singapore
  4. Sweden
  5. Switzerland
  6. Finland
  7. Netherlands
  8. Australia
  9. Canada
  10. Iceland
  11. Norway
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Luxembourg
  14. Germany
  15. ireland
  16. Austria
  17. Japan
  18. UK
  19. US
  20. Barbados


Worlds most happy countries, several sources:

Veenhoven, R., World Database of Happiness, Distributional Findings in Nations,  
Erasmus University Rotterdam. Available at:
By this study the 10 happiest countries in the world are:

  1. Denmark
  2. Switserland
  3. Austria
  4. Iceland
  5. Finland
  6. Australia
  7. Sweden
  8. Canada
  9. Guatemala
  10. Luxembourg

(found at )


In 2006 researchers at the University of Leicester in Great Britain used numerous sources of data, from the CIA to UNESCO and others, to determine the geographic locations in the world with the happiest populations. (found at
Their top ten were:

  1. Denmark
  2. Switserland
  3. Austria
  4. Iceland
  5. The Bahamas
  6. Finland
  7. Sweden
  8. Bhutan
  9. Burnei
  10. Canada

There is a small documentary on denmark at:


Another list from

1. Puerto Rico 
2. Mexico 
3. Denmark 
4. Colombia 
5. Ireland 
6. Iceland 
7. N. Ireland 
8. Switzerland 
9. Netherlands 
10. Canada 
11. Austria 
12. El Salvador 
13. Venezuela 
14. Luxembourg 
15. U.S. 
16. Australia 
17. New Zealand 
18. Sweden 
19. Nigeria 
20. Norway 
21. Belgium 
22. Finland 
23. Singapore 
24. W. Germany 
25. France 
26. Argentina 
27. Vietnam 
28. Chile 
29. Indonesia 
30. Philippines 
31. Taiwan 
32. Brazil 
33. Spain 
34. Israel 
35. Italy 
36. Portugal 
37. E. Germany 
38. Slovenia 
39. Japan 
40. Czech Rep 
41. S. Africa 
42. Croatia 
43. Greece 
44. Peru 
45. China 
46. Morocco 
47. S. Korea 
48. Iran 
49. Poland 
50. Turkey 
51. Bosnia 
52. Uganda 
53. Algeria 
54. Bangladesh 
55. Egypt 
56. Kyrgyzstan 
57. Hungary 
58. Slovakia 
59. Jordan 
60. Estonia 
61. Serbia 
62. Tanzania 
63. Azerbaijan 
64. Montenegro 
65. India 
66. Lithuania 
67. Macedonia 
68. Pakistan 
69. Latvia 
70. Albania 
71. Bulgaria 
72. Belarus 
73. Georgia 
74. Romania 
75. Moldova 
76. Russia 
77. Armenia 
78. Ukraine 
79. Zimbabwe