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Polly Toynbee —
born on December 27, 1946,
Mary Louisa Toynbee, known as Polly Toynbee, is a British journalist and writer, and has been a columnist for The Guardian newspaper since 1998... (wikipedia)
Could a government dare to set out with happiness as its goal? Now that there are accepted scientific proofs, it would be easy to audit the progress of national happiness annually, just as we monitor money and GDP.
Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year.
One in six people suffer depression or a chronic anxiety disorder. These are not the worried well but those in severe mental pain with conditions crippling enough to prevent them living normal lives.
So what really works? Treatments in jail do some good, but it's mostly too late: finding a family and a job or just growing older make most prisoners eventually give up crime.
This is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.