The possibility of happiness

Here’s a lovely posting, to the Picture Post blog, about islanders on the South Pacific island of Pentecost, who’s land diving inspired bungee jumping:

The people of Pentecost belong to one of the last unspoilt indigenous societies on earth. According to a lovely little BBC news item that I watched the other night, there is no hunger, no tax, no crime, no police force – and everybody is chilled out and blissfully happy. Whilst some of the other Vanuatan islands have sold out and let the developers and the tourism industry in, paving the way for concrete boxes, consumer crap and foreign exchange, Pentecost remains suspended in a time warp because they have deemed their way of life to be fine just the way it is. Their official currency is based on pig tusks – which is more sophisticated than it sounds. The central bank reserves are quite a sight!

The possibility of happiness has tended to be debunked by knee-jerking anthropologists; but as has been the case on Pentecost, so in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, according to its first Ladakhi lexicographer, Helena Norberg-Hodge.

One Response to “The possibility of happiness”

  1. Brian Says:

    Thanks for the click-through Francis.

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