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Sum of happiness and sadness

  1. Jan 18, 2005 #1
    If the happiness (rated from 1 to 10) or the sadness (rated from -1 to -10) of every human being (according to each of them) were summed, do you think the number be positive or negative? Why?
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  3. Jan 18, 2005 #2


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    If you averaged over both the life of the individual and over the individuals in humanity, I would think it came out negative, but not too negative. Reason, "into each life some rain must fall" is a saying that we don't reject indignantly, rather we shake our heads in mournful recognition of the truth. And we are among the richest and well endowed folks on the face of the earth. what must they feel in rural China or Africa?
  4. Jan 18, 2005 #3
    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph-T/lif_hap_net&int=-1 [Broken]
    Here are some statistics. Note that these are only the top 50, and most of Africa is missing, so the result is probably fairly low though still above 0.
    Edit: Maybe the average (rating of 52 from -100 to 100) is for all countries, I don't know.
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