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Is Happiness a conservative, status-quo concept?

"Money can't buy happiness". Many of us think this statement is more or less true. But what are the broader implications of this statement? After all, if "the pursuit of happiness" is delayed by acquiring wealth, than why should the government be promoting initiatives to raise the economic tide through assistance to business OR welfare policies? In other words, is the pursuit of Happiness a fundamentally conservative, status-quo idea? An interesting article on this subject is posted below - but what do you think?
http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13233/

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    Jan 14 2013: 'than why should the government be promoting initiatives to raise the economic tide through assistance to business OR welfare policies?'

    Because our economies are based on a flawed model that obligates infinite and persistent growth.
    If the growth stops, then debts accumulate, the system goes bankrupt and the society (and all the positives) go with it until it can be restarted or replaced.

    Inactuality you really can't buy happiness. Studies consistently show that people in countries that focus on material wealth are less happy than those countries who don't.
    For some reason we're all just expected to lie to ourselves and pretend like all this around us really matters
    *shrugs shoulders*

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