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Quality of Life, or the lack of it, depends on what we perceive as valuable.

Because quality of life is rare, we have to ask what value is. Because it seems that most of what's considered valuable is useless and much of what's considered useless is very valuable.

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    May 4 2014: Isidoros,
    I wholeheartedly agree..."quality of life, or the lack of it, depends on what we perceive as valuable".

    I do not agree that "quality of life is rare...because it seems that most of what's considered valuable is useless..."

    If, as we seem to agree, quality of life depends on what we perceive as valuable, then quality of life is available to all of us, depending on our perception. So, quality of life is not rare, except to those who choose that perception.....yes?

    BTW.....I LOVE Greece:>)
    I have stayed in Pylos with friends, and visited various parts of your beautiful country, including Athens:>)
    • May 5 2014: ColleenThanks for your energy.I think quality of life is rare because most people live in misery, both material and spiritual.But first we need to define Quality of Life and then see if it's available widely.So, what''s Quality of Life?Because we cannot recognize anything for what it is if we do not know its characteristics.
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        May 5 2014: This is an accepted definition for "quality of life" Isidoros....
        "Quality of life (QOL) is the general well-being of individuals and societies. QOL has a wide range of contexts, including the fields of international development, healthcare, and politics. Quality of life should not be confused with the concept of standard of living, which is based primarily on income. Instead, standard indicators of the quality of life include not only wealth and employment but also the built environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging.[1][2]
        According to ecological economist Robert Costanza:
        While Quality of Life (QOL) has long been an explicit or implicit policy goal, adequate definition and measurement have been elusive. Diverse "objective" and "subjective" indicators across a range of disciplines and scales, and recent work on subjective well-being (SWB) surveys and the psychology of happiness have spurred renewed interest.[3]

        Also frequently related are concepts such as freedom, human rights, and happiness. However, since happiness is subjective and difficult to measure, other measures are generally given priority. It has also been shown that happiness, as much as it can be measured, does not necessarily increase correspondingly with the comfort that results from increasing income. As a result, standard of living should not be taken to be a measure of happiness.[1][4] Also sometimes considered related is the concept of human security, though the latter may be considered at a more basic level and for all people."

        As you see Isidoros, the definition has a wide range of contexts, adequate definition and measurement are elusive, and there are objective and subjective indicators across a range of disciplines and scales.

        That is why I agree that quality of life depends on our perception.

        Can you provide statistics indicating that "most people live in misery"?
        • May 7 2014: Hie Colleen

          we have to start from some place...and I think we cannot have a meaningful discussion about anything if we do not know what we are talking about.

          If you show a ball to 100 people, 100 will recognize it as a ball because they share the same VISUAL definition of a ball. That is objective. The same hold for quality of life if we are able to provide a credible CONCEPTUAL definition. Quality of life cannot be 100 things at the same time, it's one thing, but so far it has not been defined.

          You mention numerous potential components of Quality of Life, but what I'm looking for is Quality of Life, not its components. A car is not a tyre plus a driving wheel plus a motor plaus....a car is a synergistic entity, jsut like Quality of Life and, of course, NOT every statement is a DEFINITION...for it to be a definition it has to fulfill certain criteria.

          But we are used to referring to concepts in a naive and simplistic way, thinking that JUST becasue they are concepts and not objects they cannot be defined objectiveley.
          That's of course wrong!
          If it's important to know what a ball looks like, it's even more important to know whta is JUSTICE for example, and not confuse it with the legal, or with the financial compensation, or punishment, or revenge, etc. because Justice is none of the above, and we cannot talk about such an important concept taht cencerns us all without knowing what ist is, and to know what it is we have to define it satisfactorily.

          The same hold for Quality of Life.

          So, let's all try to come up with a worthy definition...

          best regards
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        May 5 2014: Isidoros,
        For what it is worth.......

        Your topic statement and introduction seems to be as elusive as the definition of "quality of life".

        Your statement..."Quality of Life, or the lack of it, depends on what we perceive as valuable"... seems consistent with the accepted definition.

        Apparently you have decided that..."most people live in misery" and " quality of life is rare", and you state..."... we cannot recognize anything for what it is if we do not know its characteristics."

        I agree that quality of life depends on our perception, including what we perceive to be valuable. With that in mind, the "characteristics", would probably be different for different people....depending on his/her perception.

        Are you seeking individual's perceptions of quality of life? Are you seeking evidence that "most people live in misery"? Your intent, and debate topic seem unclear, so maybe you could clarify.....thanks:>)

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