Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

9 thoughts

  1. Truth and knowledge are the highest goals to obtain in my opinion. But if truth leads me to understand or believe my conscious being dissolves with my last heart beat I’ll take that over bliss on a facade of ignorance. Maybe a little envious of the happy church goer who believes eternal bliss lies beyond but ultimately pitying them for missing out on the seemingly grim truth.
    My cat more content lazing through everyday then I could ever be, my dog happier then I could ever be while fetching a retrieving a stick 20 times over have no where’s the value I get from looking over them and rejoicing in the contentment and happiness and being above it to recognize it and contemplate it.
    A child brings these nuanced satisfactions many times over that surveys which include questions of free time, money, stress and worry don’t pick up on.

  2. Although I’m doubtful that this stuff you mention (happiness, meaning, intensity of devotion, etc) can be measured at all, I really admire your eagerness to attempt to develop a method to measure it. Good luck, I hope you accomplish a reliable way to do this, if it’s at all possible.

  3. In psychology, we distinguish between “hedonic” and “eudaimonic” well-being and happiness, the former referring to those needs (desires) that are only subjectively felt and whose satisfaction leads to momentary pleasure, and the latter to those needs that are rooted in human nature and whose realization is conducive to human growth. Hedonic well-being would be measured simply as a balance of positive and negative affect, whereas eudaimonic well-being needs to take more complex variables, such as goals, values and motivation into account.
    Having and raising children may or may not contribute to positive affect all of the time, but it may contribute to a feeling of achievement and contribution to humanity that is part of eudaimonic well-being and happiness.

  4. So Schumer’s idea is fair competition between a public option and a private option? Does this situation exist in any other field on a national level? Maybe in mail? How well is the USPS competing with DHL, FedEx and UPS? Doesn’t it still have a monopoly on letters — a segment in which the precise scenario of “low-cost benefits + losing money” is taking place?
    There’s no way they’re going to strike a balance so long as people can vote themselves politicians who will give them more healthcare benefits — it’s definitely going to fall down the “more benefits/more costs” hole.

  5. thesoftpath – Luke Lea is a retired landscape gardener and part-time writer. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1942 and grew up in Ferger Place, a planned neighborhood development not unlike the ones proposed in these pages. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Tubingen before graduating from Reed College with a liberal arts degree in 1966. By then he had already begun researching some of the ideas described in this book, working on assembly lines both here and abroad, as a professional carpenter building houses, and as a professional gardener in partnership with his wife Pat, a garden designer. They have two grown children and live in Walden, Tennessee, a small town on Signal Mountain near Chattanooga. The Soft Path is his first book.
    lukelea says:

    The public-plan-becomes-a-dumping-ground scenario may not be such a bad thing. What if it causes the costs of private insurance to go down for all but the sickest while the care of the latter group is financed by a progressive system of taxation?

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