Life in the UK is has objectively improved over the last three years – reflected in everything from falling crime to rising incomes and soaring life expectancy – according to Britain’s official “well-being” index. But experts at the Office for National Statistics analysing changes in key measures, which range from personal happiness to employment rates or air pollution, have been intrigued to find that the better life seemingly becomes, the less it “feels” that way for many.No paradox at all. What is life? Life is conscious awareness. If people are unhappy, life has OBJECTIVELY gotten worse. The apparent contradiction should tell you that your "objective" numbers are irrelevant to the question. You are measuring the wrong things.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.