The Lottery of Life: Where to be born in 2013

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The Lottery of Life: Where to be born in 2013

Postby plwk » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:30 am

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A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013? More here
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: The Lottery of Life: Where to be born in 2013

Postby cooran » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:54 am

Australia has moved from18th up to 2nd in 25 years! :clap:
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Re: The Lottery of Life: Where to be born in 2013

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:19 am

cooran wrote:Australia has moved from18th up to 2nd in 25 years! :clap:

Bonzer, eh, Cooran! I wouldn't get too excited, but. [Note to foreigners: this isn't how we really talk :tongue: ]
Two different surveys, two different sets of rules :shrug: - not that I would choose to live anywhere else, of course.
Actually, I looked at the list and thought of "Affluenza" and its sequel "The Selfish Capitalist" by Oliver James. People who haven't come across the idea may like to start with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affluenza but "The Selfish Capitalist" basically argues that unrestrained capitalism makes most people miserable and a mixed political system, like ours and most of Europe's, is needed to tame its excesses. The countries placed 3, 4 and 5 on this list are the ones James quotes as role models.

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