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Friday, May 15, 2009
Stevie Joe Ponders National Happiness
There are lots of indicators used to measure how well the folks in one part of the world fare against those in another. You can look at life expectancy, per capita income, and things like that, but how do they all stack up? A new study looks at the bigger picture and asks how happy we are. That's what it's all about, right?
So, it turns out that the US ranks 11th in the world in happiness. The top ten might be surprising and spark a little debate to boot.
So, who the heck is Stevie Joe? Well, for starters, I’m a damn genius, but I was not always so. I was born poor and stupid in Junebug Holler, a place so small that nobody has ever heard of it before (and we like it that way). Seeking to correct this stupidity, I embarked on a rigorous course of education.
I’ve read the Great Books and studied the world’s cultures and religions. I immersed myself in the sciences and followed history’s greatest thinkers. I took employment with a large Multi-National Corporation (MNC) so they would pay for me to travel the world and see how others lived first-hand.
I have objective proof of my mental prowess. I scored a perfect 20 out of 20 questions on the Reader’s Digest IQ test. Technically, their scoring guide said that I got one question wrong. You decide. It asked what Aristotle, Shakespeare, Locke, Voltaire, Poe, and Nietzsche all had in common. I answered that they all had an “e” in their names.
So, anyway, I’m willing to share my gift with humanity, and I offer this here blog as a vessel to carry my wisdom to the world.