The most interesting thing about this article is that it is the most emailed New York Times article today, in an edition of the paper covering a terrible war, a frightening plane crash and a stock market charging through an all time high. And yet the the article that people find the most appealing, the one we want to share most is about how we become the happiest by being social, by giving our time and energy to others. Im sure few would argue that the free market is designed by us as a tool to attain happiness, and that seems to be our intention in using it. When the dust settles though we quite often find that we have over-used the free market and have gone speeding past out happiness zone. To get back there usually requires us to be more attentive to our family, friends and community, to live with all of their best interests in our mind.
In 50 years of ruling Spain the Caliph of Cordoba enjoyed loyal subjects, fearful enemies, respect honor, power and riches and this is what he had to say in hindsight...."“I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14.”
When we use the free market well, we profit and we live well and fulfilled. The tide of this awareness is clearly rising...