Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Gross

GNP, GDP, "Our gross national product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwoods, and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm, nuclear warheads, and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."  ~Bobby Kennedy 


Success can be the enemy of a good life.  Too much focus on work and wealth can and will deprive us and others of the things that truly matter.  It may be years before we spot the damage.
It doesn't have to be that way, of course.  There are so many things that make up a meaningful life ... and all of them involve doing, usually for others.

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