Alexander Dey

Student , El Colegio de Mexico


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What is it that defines a country's development?

What is your definition of a developed country?
Is it their economy? their warfare? their education? life expectancy?

What about happiness? Can it be measured?

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    Jul 26 2013: I would say having a Constitution and body of laws that guarantees civil and economic freedom is prerequisite to being a developed country.
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    Jul 27 2013: In the case of Mexico it is not as developed as it could be because of monopolies extended to the oligarchs. This has been in place from the days of Spanish invaders, similar to the Philippines.

    It is a country that allows freedom though a just rule of law. The ear mark of this is a prospering economy with innovation creating a higher standard of living for it's citizens.

    The metric for happiness is people accomplishing goals and high productivity. E.G. low productivity results in high alcohol consumption and low happiness, high productivity results in happiness.
  • Jul 27 2013: There is a logical progression but first let me state some of the obvious.

    1. As a species we have gone from a band, to a village, to a a country.
    2. The four factors of most significance that define a country are (and were) family, religion (original law and Morales), the leaders and economic conditions (in the beginning).
    3. We are creative, productive, selfish and cooperative.

    Using these factors you can examine a country and it's development. An example is....if economics (difficult to grow today's bread) were severe, war was the typical outcome...the leaders were warriors and that set the stage for not only more of the same but also a foundation for future government, impacted the family, and dictated religion. Take the same statement and now look at the outcome if economic conditions were good.

    Using the Bangladesh example above you want to examine why...a religion of peace, strong family, no war, local leadership, self sufficient (much like the USA at one time as well as other countries). What qualifies or quantifies a 1st world versus 3rd world country is not necessarily related to prosperity (the western view). And what defines "developed" is subjective.

    I leave you to examine what your country has become and where it will go.
  • Jul 27 2013: You are asking about values, and it appears that humans are extremely diverse with respect to their values.

    One indicator of a developed country is the level of crime, and especially the level of corruption. By that measure I think the USA is going downward.

    I think one of the most important measures of the quality of a culture is how it treats those who cannot help themselves, people who are insane, disabled, just incapable of supporting themselves, prisoners and even animals. At one time it was considered moral and necessary to let such people starve to death. It requires a level of economic development to commit to taking care of everyone. It requires a level of wisdom to realize that anyone could become helpless, it is just a matter of luck.
  • Jul 27 2013: Lol,I define it from education:).If a country is going on a better education environment,It means the country is developing,and will be in the most advance of the country's development.
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    Aug 2 2013: .My answers:

    (1) Happiness is the short-time feeling of things being a-step-better for keeping out DNA alive.
    (2) Happiness is almost only qualitative.
    (3) Developed country means much invalid (harmful) happiness of technology and good economy.
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    Jul 27 2013: indoor plumbing might be one thing. Some kind of air conditioning is common, buildings are cooled and heated by machine. Automobiles are common. Decent services such as fire and police. Good phone system. Free television system that covers a variety of topics.
  • Jul 27 2013: There are always articles that cite sertain specific variables. Low infant mortality rate high income long life expectancy etc.
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      Jul 28 2013: I know there are articles, I want to know opinions, your opinion :)
      • Jul 29 2013: I would focus on the general health, availability of clean water, availability of Healthcare, Availability of quality food, life expectancy, and the literacy of the population. My gosh, under these criteria the United States does far more poorly than I would like.
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    Jul 26 2013: Sometime ago saw a report in newspaper (sorry I have almost zero confidence on media) about index of happiness of different countries and my country , Bangladesh was ahead of many western countries . If that report is correct ,do you think my country will be perceived as developed country to most people ?
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    Jul 26 2013: We have very recently had a conversation on this very topic. Do search for it!