I'm sure that's true,but how do you create such a situation without resorting to the Kymer Rouge or that loony in North Korea?grahamhobbs wrote:There have been a number of very good contributions to this thread, especially around control of ones life and opportunities. One thing I think we've missed out is equality. The happiest societies are the more equal ones. If everyone around is in the same boat, people are happier. When you are sat on your sofa watching widescreen telly all day and that is all you've got and will ever get, whilst others around you 'earn' more in a year (some in a month) than you'll get in a life time, you are going to feel poor (and resentful, even if the sofa and telly was 'given' to you by the state). And frankly if the only opportunity in life you get, is to sit on a sofa in front of a telly, then to me that is poverty.
I like the idea of teaching real practical skills in school,about a 100 years ago (or so it feels) I did a PGCE with a view to teaching Rural Studies,true to form it was just the time that Mrs.T decided to bin anything that wasn't the three Rs so it wasn't a great career move! , but it would be good if you could leave school knowing how to ,at least, grow and cook your own food.This might be heresy,so I apologise in advance,but I think we might be overusing the term self-sufficiency,for many it's become almost a pejorative term with connotations of the 70's,hippies,and much read books from Dorling Kindersley,maybe self-reliance encompasses most 'ish' stuff and suggests a constructive attitude to life . God this is pretentious claptrap for a Saturday morning,I,m to do some weeding!