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What do you want from life? – the question we should be asking post economic disaster

Its a heady, deep and widely avoided question – what do we really want from life? As the world is gradually recovering from economic disaster, I argue this question becomes increasingly more important to ask both yourself, those around you and ultimately force politicians to answer for themselves too. A healthy economy is too fluffy a term, and means different things to different people.

I think there are two reactions one can have to economic hardship – worrying solely about money which generally leads to a shift in priorities causing a fixation on material goods, or concern about how we got here in the first place, ultimately a very difficult question to answer. There’s a great opportunity emerging from a recession for my generation and those younger to assess their priorities in life, and for this to have a wider impact across communities. To my mind social well being, environmental reform (of both the natural and man-made environment) and striving to do a good job should be high on the list. In my view when you get these ducks in a row in your personal life, you and those around you tend to live a happier life. I’m a firm believer that the relationships you build and way you behave has an impact on how life pans out for you. Apply these priorities on a larger scale to society and the world would be a better place.

We all know the world economy has a fundamental floor called credit and there is nothing we can do now to remove that carcinogen from the pool of risks associated with capitalism. But if we focused on (to use a turn of phrase often used by legendary programmer John. D Carmack) doing the right thing, perhaps life would be a lot better.

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