January 11, 2007

Food for thought

"There is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income and strive for it. Yet as Western societies have got richer, their people have become no happier."
-- Richard Layard, "Happiness: Lessons from a New Science"

1 comment:

Martin Harrison said...

What is this obsession with happiness? We're not meant to be happy - if we we're happy we'd stop. And then, unhappily, we'd die. It's like hunger - it doesn't matter how much you eat, you can still be hungry for more. There are sound reasons for this. It keeps us alive.