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North Korea One of The Happiest Places on Earth



North Korea may be one of the happiest places on Earth… according to a study by North Korea. Guess who is last? That’s right, the "American Empire." However you know the study was fair and balanced since they didn't rank themselves first on the list. They gave the title of Worlds Happiest Place on Earth to China.
Korea's Chosun Central Television recently came out with a happiness index compiled by local researchers. Their findings? China is the happiest place on the planet, earning 100 points (a perfect score!). At number two is none other than North Korea itself. Cuba, Iran and Venezuela (in that order) round out the top five.

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I do know that the USA, Canada and places like this are more affluent than they are happy. I have a few acquaintances from around other parts, like Palestine, Tanzania, Lebanon, Syria, etc... and they are all immediately more pleasant, compassionate and realistic than any of my Canadian brethren or Americans I've met.

Kind of ironic, but that's how it goes. What you own, owns you. Your happiness merely becomes contingent upon it and places you in bondage. Making you cranky unless you get your drug (TV, Sports, Movies, Games, Funny Pictures, etc...). Wisdom like this is also deeply imbedded in the ethos of some of these societies. The contrast is so stark that in one country women have nothing covered but their eyes and in another everything covered but their eyes and each things the other is oppressed by a male-dominant cultural ethos. The niqabi is oppressed because she is not allowed to express herself, the American skank is oppressed because she is not allowed to value herself apart from her appearance.
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Is no "North Korea". Is only one Korea!

I guess those doubters will get a lesson in one of their Stalinesque labour colonies, I mean reeducation camps.
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I'm sure 40% of the population is happy with all that gourmet grass and tree bark they have to survive off of. And if you aren't happy, clearly you don't love Kim Jong-Il enough and need to spend some time at the work camp.
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I can't come up with any more snarky comments. Millions of people are being robbed of food and starving to death so some megalomaniac can drink cognac, be driven around in limousines, and shoot missiles at civilians. I'm sure this is a great comfort to those lying in the dirt dying for the lack of food they grew that their Dear Leader's soldiers took from them.
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If you think of it, in an affluent society, there are many have-nots, and many haves who wish to have more. Materialism is never satisfied. In a society where people have free communication and the chance to acquire things, people may not consider themselves happy if they haven't reached that goal yet.

People living a third-world existence may be too ignorant of what could be, to dare to dream about anything more, so they settle for what they have. Also, they're too afraid to show their unhappiness.
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From my experience, Ted, people in the third world are not ignorant of what they don't have, but many are more appreciative of what they do have. Friends, family, those are all more valuable than fancy cars and big houses.
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