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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • So that just shows that people don't know what makes them happy. Surely we knew that?
    • Really? I voted for the option that happens to be the most popular, and I feel rather happy these days... <g>

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      -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

      • Let's overlay the results on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The categories don't fit perfectly, but tell a sad story in any case.
        • Spiritual: 0% God, 0% Personal beliefs/religion
        • Self Actualization: 0% Successful life
        • Ego Needs/Social Needs: 0% Relationships
        • Security Needs: 26% Money/wealth
        • Body Needs: 72% Physical pleasure/drugs/alcohol/sex
        So the majority of people sampled still think in primitive levels in terms of what makes them happy.
        • Not to start a philosophico-moral debate here, but I'm not entirely convinced by that hierarchy. Or rather, by the need for a hierarchy. However, accepting it as such for the sake of discussion I still see no reason to see a sad story. You seem to be making an implicit statement that the hierarchy is walked up or something, while there is no reason that you couldn't address each of these points in random order.

          Taking myself (because I know myself better than I do the anonymous pollees) as an example:

          • spiritual: being an atheism fundamentalist, I don't worry much about God or religion. I do care about poetry and music though, however I have solid footing there and don't worry about having "more" of it. It's not quantitative.
          • self-actualisation and a social life (bundled because separating them is a complete fallacy): lots of it, every day, almost without ever needing to think about it.
          • security need: well I could use a little more, but I'm fine.
          • Sex and alcohol: well, it's not that I don't get those, it's just that I can always use more :) As a result, that is what I am most frequently found wanting, and thus what makes me happy most often, QED.

          I don't see what's wrong with that answer, and certainly not what's sad there.

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          -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]