Sunday, January 3, 2010

Quality of Life

Is the pursuit of happiness something we just give lip service to? Among the many reasons religions break my heart is the notion we must suffer in this life to truly enjoy the next. I honestly believe this is at the core of my differences with my ex.

Another is the idea that if we don’t believe, what’s to keep us from running amok and killing or exploiting each other? I contend that atheists have the moral high ground on this. We don’t have a fear of retribution from some vengeful God. We are empathetic and responsible for our own actions.

We live in a corporate driven society that uses this kind of thinking to their advantage. Big Money’s purpose is to squeeze more and more production out of people for less and less money. If they reach a wall where our laws get in the way they find a country that still allows exploitation.

They use all the forces in their powers to keep these people oppressed. Every social change our country aspires to is fought tooth and nail. Every time quality of life is brought up the charge of socialism is fired. We’d still have slaves and probably will again.

As civilized people we have a right to health care, education, firemen, cops, infrastructure, and real defense (not this sick corporate monster we’ve created).

The fear mongers point out the taxes necessary for these things would be oppressive in themselves.

Studies conducted by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR have all concluded that countries with health care and access to education were happiest in spite of high tax rates. The U.S. didn’t make very happy in any of these studies.

Just imagine the freedom from worry. Quality of life is more important than wealth.

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Oh I almost forgot—The 5 to 4 conservative slant of the Supreme Court is about to remove campaign contribution restrictions from corporations. They contend that corporations should have the same rights as individuals. If you think government is determined by money now, just wait!

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