EXERPT FROM THE SPARROW SINGS NEWSLETTER

By Don Timmerman. February 2008 issue. The Sparrow Sings:

A recent survey found that Denmark, not the US, has the happiest people in the world. The main reason for this seems to be that the Danes feel very secure, have less stress and less worry. Perhaps this is because they have free schooling for long as you like, free healthcare with doctors who actually go to your home, free child care, free elder care, six week vacations from work whether it is part-time or full-time, 6 month vacation time after the birth of your child among other benefits. Denmark is also one of the countries that are in the lead in using alternative energy sources like wind energy, solar energy and biomass energy. Therefore, there is less pollution of the atmosphere and healthier people. The Danes go to school not just to get a job but to learn, and the jobs they seem to choose are those that they enjoy. As the adage goes, if you enjoy your job you will not work a day in your life. It is true that taxes for them are very high. In fact, 50% of their wage is taken for taxes. However, they do not mind paying taxes because they receive so many benefits from the government. Rather than spending their tax money on weapons, invasions and occupations of other countries they spend it on domestic programs that help their citizens. Because they are content there is hardly any violent crimes committed with guns in the country. With less stress and less poverty there is less violence. Another factor contributing to their happiness is that they keep good family ties and relationships. In the US, we have less and less family ties; and everyone is told right from childhood that everyone should be for oneself. Others are your friends only if they help you to become richer. Otherwise, they should be ignored or seen as enemies and be destroyed. The Danes discovered that wealth is not needed for happiness. In the US wealth is seen as a necessary component for being happy. The Danes have less drug use than we of the US. It makes sense since they have less stress and feel more secure. They have more realistic expectations. US citizens have many unreasonable expectations of themselves.

Christ told us to do what the Danes are doing. He told us to take care of one another, even our enemies. He told us to love and respect all people. He told us not to fear because God will take care of you. He told us not to look for wealth but rather to share what we have with others. He told us to love all and never harm anyone for any reason. The Danes may not be Christian, but they seem to be doing what Christ told us to do, and they are the happiest people in the world for doing it. We must learn to learn from others. ...

RLCC: The more we share, the better it is. Taxes though are coercive and misleading. It will be much better when the people just cooperate absent the evil system that is the medium of exchange (money for trade rather than everyone just giving). It will take action to translate mammon into the non-mammon economy where the land belongs to the whole family (spiritual family) and is used to bring forth the feeding of all the people.

Originally from The Christian Radical on February 26, 2008, 8:14pm

Tom Usher

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EXERPT FROM THE SPARROW SINGS NEWSLETTER

"The bourgeois capitalist believes in rugged individualism....The bourgeois capitalist tries to keep what he has and tries to get what the other fellow has.... A personalist is a go-giver, not a go-getter. He tries to give what he has, and does not try to get what the other fellow has....The world would be better off if people tried to become better. And people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off. For when everybody tries to become better off, nobody is better off. But when everybody tries to become better, everybody is better off. Everybody would be rich if nobody tried to become richer. And nobody would be poor if everybody tried to be poorer. And everybody would be what he ought to be if everybody tried to be what he wants the other fellow to be."

- Peter Maurin

Originally from The Christian Radical on February 27, 2008, 3:57pm

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.