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April 12, 2010

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Humane Pursuits

Review of the book and its application to politics:

John Kay, the London economist, once took a trip from Paddington to Hyde Park Gardens on the London Underground. He went through several stops and changed trains once, taking some time to do so. Upon his arrival, he was told that he could have walked the distance in five minutes—because Paddington is only two blocks from Hyde Park Gardens. If he had asked when to rely on the Underground map, Kay noted, “the only sensible answer would have been, ‘You’ll learn as you get to know London better.’”

Did Kay go the wrong way because the map was wrong, because the map was inadequate, or because maps are bad?

Full review here: http://humanepursuits.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/book-review-obliquity-by-john-kay/

Megan

I'm a little dismayed to find you perpetuating the idea that Canberra is a 'dull and lifeless' city. I wonder if you have ever visited, and what criteria you are basing your opinion on. As a resident of Canberra, who has also lived in London and Sydney, it clearly cannot offer the same as cities with poulations ten times (and more) greater than Canberra. But the advantages and benefits are many: the national institutions, the extraordinary history of its planning and the vision of Burley-Griffin, the proximity to both mountains and sea, the high levels of education (over 90% of young people stay at school until they are 18), and the very low levels of unemployment. With Canberra approaching its centenary celebrations in 2013, I have paused to consider what London may have been like when it was only 100 years old. I expect that Canberra is a far more attractive place to live now than Londinium may have been at the same time in its history. As a modern city, Canberra has been able to achieve a degree of egalitarianism that 'great' cities cannot.

Megan

Happiness is subjective like success. I know there are people who think success is equal to happiness, and maybe it really does work for them. Using your example, Donald Trump must really be happy with what he does, and he's successful, that's why he keeps doing what he does. To me personally, happiness is contentment. Finding that perfect balance in your life to do that things you love to do. So, yeah, it's kinda like finding peace.
Finding the inner peace amidst the turmoils of life.
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Chris

Perhaps Happiness is similar to what is said of Peace: There is no way TO it, it IS the way.

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