Stanley B Gallery of Awesomeness!

The Economics of Happiness


I’ve always known that globalization was a large issue especially when such globalization is subsidized. Many of the villages like the one we found in the “Economics of Happiness” movie share the same traits as the latter. They are not rich in the sense of money, but they are rich emotionally and spiritually. They know who they are and don’t have labels like we do in the westernized world. There is no “poor” in their world, there is no “need” for things of socioeconomic status like an expensive watch, because everyone is seen equally in their eyes. This isn’t to say that their society is perfect. With a lesser-industrialized world comes a lower standard of education, healthcare that is barely competent, and many more problems. We heard in the documentary how when the government came in and the globalization began the civilization started to crumble, the ones who tried to make the society strive, were shortly disbanded soon after and became beggars groveling on the streets. Understanding my points, you would think that I was against globalization, but I am in the middle of the battle, neutral in a sense. I agree with ideals on both sides and disagree with others; I cannot pick a side because both sides have strengths and weaknesses, the second of which the documentary fails to address. The movie doesn’t talk about any of the weaknesses of a less globalized world, only the pros of one and the cons of a more globalized world. The movie gives us great insight and example into what globalization does, but it does not give all the perspectives surrounding the subject.


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