Archive for October, 2007

Utopian Communities

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Seeds of the Kingdom: Utopian Communities in the Americas describes how an Amish community in the United States and the refugee community of Chalatenango in El Salvador have reached high standards of economic and environmental sustainability, as well as social justice, in spite of outside pressures. Acting on their religion’s precepts and ethics, these two communities live what others consider utopian dreams of collective identity, collaboration, sustainability, harmony, and social justice; their desire to live and gain the reign of God is the force that keeps them together, guides their community actions, and provides comfort in times of need.

How to Be Happy

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

According to the Futurist: “Utopia” may never turn out to be the village of happy nice people that dreamers imagine, but economists, sociologists, psychologists, and others studying the pursuit of happiness do offer ways that we can better understand it and work toward a happier future. New technologies will let people customize their own versions of “utopia.” Artificial worlds created in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) allow players to indulge in new identities and activities that may not be possible or acceptable in real life. This could provide a psychological safety valve that would let people vent their aggression without hurting others.
— Lane Jennings, Reinventing Utopia July-Aug 2007, p. 36
YKON Comment: Perfect examples of how to colonize the future.

A new tool for monitoring happiness will help

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

A new tool for monitoring happiness will help nations assess their well-being. Social psychologists measuring wealth, education, and health—three predictors of national well-being—found that countries with large populations and a strong sense of collective identity (such as China, Japan, and India) tend to have lower levels of well-being than smaller, more individualistic countries (Denmark, Switzerland).
World Trends & Forecasts, Nov-Dec 2006, p. 12
It can be argued how to arrive at a Happines Index. The leading research centre in this respect – The Center for Bhutan Studies – has used Buddhist principles to identify four specific “pillars” upon which Gross National Happiness rests: good governance, cultural preservation, environmental conservation, and economic development.

Doris Lessing wins Nobel Prize

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

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An author that is familiar to all that plod around the less accessible world was given this prize of the more accessible world. Though suspicion to the “Science Fiction Lessing”, the second Lessing, is articulated in media of the world, realism has never been Lessings cup of Tea. Grand Doris!

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