Gift of Relationships Category Explained:

Slavery is efficient  (however morally reprehensible).

Friendship, employee ownership, education for all, voting rights, associations and freedom are inefficient… and beautiful.

I have chosen articles for this section from writers who agree with me, such as:

“Money is two steps removed from happiness. Actual income doesn’t much influence happiness; how satisfied we are with our income does.”

This section, and the one on business, contains writings about our relationships in several contexts – relationships through government, education, religion and business. As in the other parts of this book, each section begins with writings about the relationships followed by those which describe ways of appreciating them.

David G and Carol P. Myers.  Wealth and Well-Being.
New York: 1992
ISBN 0380-715228

Page 39

This may be a surprise, but in the University of Michigan’s national surveys what matters more than absolute wealth is perceived wealth.

Money is two steps removed from happiness. Actual income doesn’t much influence happiness; how satisfied we are with our income does.

If we’re content with our income, regardless of how much it is, we’re likely to say we’re happy.

Strangely, however, there is only a slight tendency for people who make lots of money to be more satisfied with what they make.

Owen Ullmann, Washington Editor for USA Today,
Interview on Morning Edition with Liane Hansen
Sunday,
July 23, 2000

What were the subtexts of these meetings [of the G8 Countries] in Okinawa?

…The Europeans think that the United States is so wedded to economic efficiency and is so driven by the need to create economic prosperity that we don’t take the time to smell the roses. You know, we are still debating in this country whether we should have universal health care for people, whether we should have prescription drug benefits for seniors who can’t even buy their drugs, and a lot of the Europeans are saying, you know, it’s worth having a little higher unemployment and a higher tax load to take care of these needs for people. We have a different social contract. There’s more to life than simply accumulating wealth and being on a rat race treadmill….