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Posts tagged GNH

Feb 20 '12

I admire Brian Wilson. (and Tony Asher) 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older?

Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long

And wouldn’t it be nice to live together

In the kind of world where we belong

You know its gonna make it that much better

When we can say goodnight and stay together

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could wake up

In the morning when the day is new

And after having spent the day together

Hold each other close the whole night through

The happy times together we’ve been spending

I wish that every kiss was never ending…

Wouldn’t it be nice?

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray… it might come true

Baby, then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do…

We could be married and then we’d be happy,

Wouldn’t it be nice?

You know it seems the more we talk about it

It only makes it worse to live without it

But let’s talk about it…

Wouldn’t it be nice?

Feb 20 '12
I admire Satish Kumar. 

Elegant simplicity is the way to discover spirituality.
There is no dichotomy, no dualism, no separation between matter and spirit.
Business without spirit, trade without compassion, industry without ecology, finance without fairness, economics without equity can only bring the breakdown of society and destruction of the natural world. Only when spirit and business work together can humanity find coherent purpose.

I admire Satish Kumar. 

  1. Elegant simplicity is the way to discover spirituality.
  2. There is no dichotomy, no dualism, no separation between matter and spirit.
  3. Business without spirit, trade without compassion, industry without ecology, finance without fairness, economics without equity can only bring the breakdown of society and destruction of the natural world. Only when spirit and business work together can humanity find coherent purpose.
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Feb 20 '12

I admire Robert Kennedy.

"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product … if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

"Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans."

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Feb 12 '12

HAPPY? - Grab an opportunity, and do some actions.

First of all, I finally made a video with a cut-up track from “Happiness” mix-cd I recorded last year. The reason why I release and introduce this film is to give you an opportunity, thinking of 'what makes you happy' and 'how can we be happy' … Hope you enjoy the 34 sec film at first, please.

  • Are You Happy by Melting Pot

and… second topic. On Saturday morning (JST), I went out to Hiroo JICA hall for the test screening of a movie titled "HAPPY" and a brief talk session of Shinichi Tsuji. That was really impressive to me, actually.

I’ve mentioned “GNH” and “HAPPINESS” several times at my blogs, original music and conceptual mix-cd releases. Those are inspired from some experiences of mine; Kenji Ozawa concert and his novels, Helena Norberg Hodge “the Economics of Happiness” , LOHAS / cultural creatives topics etc… I wish my musical pieces have led you to an opportunity to think; how can we be happy? / are we happy? / how can maintain our planet in more better quality?   At this time, if you say my pieces are inspirational, I recommend you watching this film "HAPPY" ‘Cause it will give you much more significant opportunity. So, well, I’m saying the movie is pretty awesome. :)

Though I guessed some parts on movie are so therapeutic that people may think it’s like self-development programs, several univ-professors and guest speakers appear on the film and their talk are filled with very impressive truths. They introduced several ‘happy’ lifestyles from many countries including Okinawa and Denmark, those are really interesting to me… But, one thing, I guess opinions and insistence are not strong enough to makes this movie vivid. 

The main reason that I think this movie is very valuable is, this can be a nice opportunity (such as I mentioned at the previous paragraph) and a wonderful guide-book. A guide book. This is a wonderful guide book for people who are interested in such topics. This is the core of my thoughts on the film. It’s depend on you how you make some actions. Whether the content of your action will be in line with concept of the movie or not, it’s so wonderful to have an opportunity to do some actions. It’s very important to think of happiness and your own life. That’s the valuable thing this movie provides to you. 

I’m going to another event on 25th. The legendary Satish Kumar will be in Meiji-Gakuin University Tokyo with Shinichi Tsuji for a talk session. Very looking forward to. :) Also, I’m thinking of reading some more books related to the topics. Ah, if I could find some nice events, I would attend them gladly. These are my actions. Check this movie and grab your opportunity. 

  • Trailer

You may check some more details of this movie at http://www.worldhappyday.com/ or http://www.thehappymovie.com/

P.S. 

BTW, I would write (a little bit) about movie as media. Some might say “this movie is a propaganda. Movie should NOT be used for political / philosophical purposes.” This may be true for them. But, at least to me, this opinion is getting old. We now have Twitter, FaceBook, Tumblr (of course!) and blogspot. In other words, we all have our own medias which enable transmitting our political opinions, original art pieces, jokes, etc… Thus, using movie as media is becoming natural to me. (What’s the difference between documentary film and propaganda?  It’s blurring. I think documentary film is an extension of keynote presentation.) I guess this method is wise. Wonderful use of movie to share your thoughts.