Monday, June 18, 2012

On GNP and GNH

A question I read on the Sunday paper inspired this post. The question was: "will we ever replace GDP for the Happy Planet Index as a mirror in which we can see the well-being of our nations?"

GNP Measures count goods and services that are exchanged for money. 

So I read some more and I found this quote:

"Yet the gross national product 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... it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."

- Robert F. Kennedy on what GNP means.
March 18, 1968

Then I found this...

- GNH (Gross National Happiness)

GNH Measures the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them.

"Everyone accepts that GDP (Gross Domestic Product) alone cannot tell us anything of substance about how we are doing as a species. It tells us nothing of the state of our planet, or the wellbeing of its people. It is simply an indiscriminate measurement of economic activity. The Happy Planet Index is a step towards developing alternatives."

- Zac Goldsmith MP

What do you think? my question is: why can't both, GNP and GNH be considered when trying to understand the well-being of a nation? Does it have to be one or the other?



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

But I'm here

"You disappear so completely into your head sometimes, he said, I wish I could follow you."

Monday, June 4, 2012


Jennifer Garner and Kate Bosworth in their espadrilles.

Not too long ago, Alpargatas (Argentinian version of espadrilles) were not too stylish in Argentina. Mostly gauchos and country people wore them.

Vasque immigrants introduced them around the third decade of the Nineteenth Century. They consisted of an espadrille sole, a material exterior, and straps to tie them at the ankles.

Black pairs were used during week days. White ones for Sundays and special celebrations. Eventually, gauchos got rid of the straps, they came up with their own version.

Government officials passed a law back then that prohibited gauchos from killing cows with the purpose of using their leather to make boots. Alpargatas were then used massively and called "botas de pobre" (poor men shoes).

A few years back, Alpargatas became popular worldwide.

The company Toms was founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie, who was inspired by alpargatas.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

cause who cares how old he/she is

Sharon Stone (54) has a new, Argentinian boyfriend. His name is Martin Mica (27) and he's a model.

Would you date someone who is much younger/older than you? Why or why not? would love to know your thoughts!