Changing the Way We Measure Progress
[T]he 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.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY (1968)1
“Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River …” I was in a backwoods bar late one evening with three friends, ...