Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happiness Police: is their time really here?

Could this be the official crest of the newest Department of our BFG (Benevolent Federal Government?)


We file this report under the heading of ‘you can’t make this stuff up.’  Upon returning from a trip to the chiropractor today, followed by “coffee and” at a local establishment, we happened upon an article that discusses a Washington Post article reporting on funding of “experts” to define “reliable measures of ‘subjective well-being,’” or as some might put it, happiness.

We don’t want to deprive you of the enlightenment contained in the article; you can find it here.

While far more around us than we wish to admit are not the least bit worried about the overweening presence of government control in our lives, we here at Side are mightily worried.  And we offer this passage from the article as justification:

Think of the opportunities for demagoguing. Some sectors of our society will undoubtedly be determined to have less happiness than other sectors. Let’s call it “happiness inequality.” That will require the government to pass laws and promulgate regulations to close the “happiness gap.” Once we head down that road, the buttinsky possibilities become endless. Think Independent Happiness Advisory Board.

As the song says, ‘don’t worry, be happy.’

And pay your taxes, Bucky.

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