BruceVC Posted October 19, 2014 Share Posted October 19, 2014 http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/20/travel/happiest-countries-to-visit/index.html We have touched on this topic before and I have personally made the point that "Western culture is the superior culture to others " and this was criticised by some as hubris, inaccurate and being "out of touch with reality " But I think its a good time to revisit this discussion. When I say " Western ideology " is superior the fact is that this list confirms this as the top ten countries are all Western countries and they have the happiest citizens in the world I'm not saying that Western countries have necessarily the cleverest people or that there aren't faults. The point is that Western Democracies work. Despite there faults they give there citizens the best quality of life end of the day. So what's wrong with saying " Western ideology " offers the best system of government for its citizens and therefore are the best example of how countries should be run? If you disagree with the my point that Western countries have the happiest citizens, and therefore the best governments, then please produce your own list so we can discuss it I see the Scandinavian countries are again in the top 10 list, so once again the important consideration of there socialist hybrid model really seems to work. High employment rate, high taxes but very effective government institutions. Isn't this model something we all should be aspiring to? "Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely: and pined his loss” John Milton "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead" - Nelson Mandela Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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