Happiness And Happiness: The Negative Effects Of Happiness

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Modern cultures see "happiness" as an achievable state or a choice to make. Director Thomas Balmès attempts to show in the 2014 documentary Happiness that the choice to pursue "happiness" through technology and progress is not the way to truly be content. However, the film sheds a light on the reality of technology: an individual can choose whether or not to change with the times, but change in a society is typically inevitable. Happiness opens the conversation to the beneficial impact of adopting new technology in a society and fails to show that this change has an overall negative effect despite how progress is unavoidable even if someone makes the independent decision to refuse it.

Happiness shows that the people of Bhutan either welcome or
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This is a negative aspect of mankind that has existed for ages. Warring empires have plundered and destroyed capitals, city officials have given permission to transform historical neighborhoods in the sake of technology, and oppressors have erased culture and forced groups to leave their identities behind. However, perhaps this is not even considered progress. The theme of Happiness was set in motion due to a concept coined by the king of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in 1972, when he said, “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product.” This was an approach to bettering the nation that would include not destroying tradition or cultural objects of importance, but rather through four pillars of good governance, sustainable socioeconomic development, cultural preservation, and environmental conservation (Bhutan’s). While there are negative aspects of progress that appear in the film, the original plan of focusing on Gross National Happiness in Bhutan was initially made with the right…show more content…
Sherry Turkle explains that as people in technologically advanced communities feel alone, they turn to connecting through social media and the Internet, but are only further perpetuating the problem because they gain a false sense of not being alone. Nevertheless, she explains that society is not too far gone, and there are actually wonderful outcomes of a connected community as long as people are more self-aware of their relationships with others and themselves. After all, there are amazing uses of technology that do not need abandoned simply because of the common pitfalls of modern society. Turkle herself prefaces her speech by saying that her daughter had just messaged her well wishes for her presentation (Turkle). People across the world can find communities out there with plenty in common with them or talk to relatives who are a world away. Technology can grant us new and life-saving techniques or machines in medicine, engineering, and other sciences. Perhaps in the end, change can be for the
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