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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 09:32 PM
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OpEd: Happy People in Denmark - 3rd highest nation of Aths/Ags
http://newsblaze.com/story/20080701151150reye.nb/topsto...

Note: This is an Opinion piece, so I can post it in its entirety without violating copywrite, correct? (write v. right is intentional. -C.)

Bold emphasis mine - Cindy :-)

Published: July 01, 2008
Op-Ed Contributor
Denmark Is The Happiest Nation On Earth

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Despite the anxieties of these times, happiness has been on the rise around the world in recent years, a new survey finds.

The upbeat outlook is attributed to economic growth in previously poor countries, democratization of others, and rising social tolerance for women and minority groups.

Denmark is the happiest nation and Zimbabwe the most glum"

Quotation from LiveScience.Com

Americans enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, so why isn't the most powerful and wealthy country in the world the happiest place on earth? What lessons in achieving bliss can we learn from Denmark?

FIRST LESSON: RELIGION IS AN IMPEDIMENT, AND NOT A ROAD TO HAPPINESS.


"According to official statistics from April 2008, 82.0% of the population of Denmark are members of the Lutheran state church, the Danish National Church (Den Danske Folkekirke), also known as the Church of Denmark."

Quotation from Wikipedia.Com

This statistic is misleading, Denmark is a post-Christian society with very few of its citizens attending church on a regular basis. The Lutheran church has negligible influence on how the citizens of Denmark live their lives.

According to a 2005 study by Zuckerman, Denmark has the third highest proportion of atheists and agnostics in the world, estimated to be between 43% and 80%.

It's a stereotype that agnostics and atheists are glum individuals mad at the world and at God, when they live in societies where they are not scorned or persecuted they are quite happy.


Americans would be better off eschewing the sermons of Pat Robertson and James Dobson and going to the lectures of renowned atheists.

SECOND LESSON: WE SHOULDN'T FOIST DEMOCRACY ON OTHER COUNTRIES.

I'd rather live under a democracy than any other type of government, but some countries have no desire for democracy (Iraq) and others (Denmark) do quite well under a constitutional monarchy.

"The Kingdom of Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. As stipulated in the Danish Constitution, the monarch is not answerable for his or her actions, and his or her person is sacrosanct. The monarch formally appoints and dismisses the Prime Minister and other ministers."

Quotation from Wikipedia

Some have anointed Sen. Barack Obama as the Messiah, but if we aren't quite ready to accept that he's the Son of God, we should at least proclaim him king once he wins the general election. Obama can summarily dismiss any elected public official who isn't down with his agenda of change and hope. It would be Morning in American again, and peace, hope and happiness would prevail.

THIRD LESSON: A COUNTRY THAT HAS A LAISSEZ-FAIRE ATTITUDE TOWARD MARIJUANA IS A HAPPY SOCIETY.

We should imitate Denmark and make weed freely available, so that our citizens can be happy and at peace with themselves and with society.

"Israel just attacked Iran and gas went up to $10.00 a gallon? Shill out dude, it's all good. Now pass me that fat a** joint."

FOURTH LESSON: SAME-SEX MARRIAGES ARE GOOD FOR SOCIETY.

Denmark legalized gay marriages in 1989, and contrary to the ravings of televangelists it didn't lead to moral decay and the breakdown of society.

FIFTH LESSON: NATIONAL HEALTH CARE IS A GOOD THING.

Denmark has national health care, no wonder it's such a happy place, people don't have to worry about getting sick and not being able to afford health care.

SUMMATION

The results of this survey should serve as a humbling and learning experience for proud Americans. We have a lot to learn from other countries, especially Denmark.

Robert Paul Reyes is a NewsBlaze writer on Politics, Pop Culture and Pointless Pontificating. Contact him by writing to NewsBlaze.

Copyright 2008, NewsBlaze, Daily News


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comradebillyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 12:11 AM
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1. Denmark is a lovely country but
the weather there is really shitty. Good beer, wonderful cafes; I had a good time when I visited. Oh yes really high 'value added taxes' on everything. But us tourists got a refund when we left the country, if we kept our receipts. Visited a couple of the more interesting churches. They told us Danes basically go to church to be christened, to get married and to get buried.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 05:59 PM
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2. So which country is #1 and #2 of atheists and agnostics?
:shrug: inquiring minds want to know.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-05-08 05:32 PM
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3. Adherents.com says: #1 Sweden. #2 Vietnam
Country - %

Sweden 46- 85%
Vietnam 81%
Denmark 43 - 80%
Norway 31 - 72%
Japan 64 - 65%
Czech Republic 54 - 61%
Finland 28 - 60%
France 43 - 54%
South Korea 30 - 52%
Estonia 49%

http://www.adherents.com/largecom/com_atheist.html
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