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Humanist Fellowship of San Diego Message Board › Top 10 happiest countries--what do they have in common?

Top 10 happiest countries--what do they have in common?

Wilfredo P.
user 11974495
Chula Vista, CA
Post #: 228

Though it's not mentioned in the article, these countries have certain obvious things in common: they are mostly SECULAR (Denmark and Sweden are virtually atheistic, in fact), they have a highly educated population (partly because higher education is highly subsidized by the government), they emphasize reason and science in their educational systems, they have a very high standard of living, and not coincidentally, they have some form of nationalized health care. Conservatives would call them "socialist." Yes, they pay higher taxes, but they are glad to do so for a higher standard of living and health care for all. They have a different mentality than Americans. In other words, these societies are more communal and they are pretty much non-religious. They don't worship Jesus OR Ayn Rand.

If we could measure the angriest countries, I think the U.S. would be in the Top 10.

As I've often said, isn't it funny how God blesses the secular, non-believing nations? The secular nations are clearly the most highly developed nations with the highest standards of living. It's the crappiest, most miserable countries that are the most religious. There is absolutely no doubt about that. Some of the most religious people in the U.S. are immigrants from these poor, miserable countries. I know I'd rather live in Denmark, Finland, Australia, the Netherlands or Sweden than the Philippines, India, Guatemala or the Democratic Republic of Congo--it's a no-brainer!­
A former member
Post #: 115
I think the key is that they pay higher taxes, but they get what they pay for.

Now how religion plays into that mix of economics and culture....?
Wilfredo P.
user 11974495
Chula Vista, CA
Post #: 230
It doesn't, Mike, and that's the whole point. Christian missionaries are most successful in countries in which the population is generally poor and uneducated. If they tired to proselytize in the secular countries mentioned on this list, they'd get laughed at.
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