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Government-subsidized unhappiness

May 1, 2012

The bigger the government the worse the world. Why would I think that? Here’s my logic. The bigger the state, the smaller the citizen; small citizens do not make big choices for themselves; people without choices for their own fulfillment and individual expression are less happy; unhappy people make the world worse.

Big state, small citizens.  With zero government the burden on the individual is maximum; there are big choices and big consequences. All things are left up to him or go unfulfilled. At the other end of the scale there is maximum government.  The individual is reduced to his minimum; few choices are required and most are outright prohibited.

Less choice, less happiness. I understand there are plenty of reasons for people to be unhappy. However, if pressed to render a reason for unhappiness with a broad brush, I might say that people are unhappy due to a lack of choice, real or perceived, to affect their present condition. Be it sickness and disease, death, bad job, bad wife, or bad habits, unhappiness feeds on a deficit of opportunity.  Freedom is the ability to make choices; it is an environment rich with and favorable to opportunity.

Unhappy people, worse world.  Do the unhappy impact the world?  A few here or there won’t, unless you happen to be or know one of them. Ask yourself if you’d rather be friends with a happy or unhappy person? Given a choice between having an unhappy or happy neighbor, which would you prefer? I think it’s self-evident: the happy make better families, neighborhoods, communities, nations, world. So if the happy make it a better world, wouldn’t the unhappy affect our world in the opposite way?

Large governments reduce freedom.  Freedom is the best chance you have at happiness.

  1. The Castleton Crusader :) AKA Kristi Nastars permalink
    May 2, 2012 6:57 pm

    Thoughtful & inciteful as always Hugo…BTW I agree!

  2. Evor Rev permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:53 am

    Even those who live in cities named Happy Valley don’t always find happiness, but “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” because you have the freedom to vote.

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