Jakarta floods and thousands are displaced as an indirect result of a real estate dispute.
Employees are pushed to the limit to bring results for the company for the same paycheck every month, for shareholders who need their stock price stable or rising.
The development of alternative energy resources is hindered by people who are addicted to the petrodollar - even though everybody knows that oil supplies are quickly diminishing.
Global companies push for constant growth and profit regardless if it is sustainable or not - at the expense of gullible consumers and overworked, underpaid employees.
Today, a pay TV company arubtly cut its broadcasts indefinitely, without prior notice to their subscribers.
Politics take center stage, instead of welfare.
Strike that - money making takes center stage, instead of welfare.
People are not happy anymore. Today, the average guy - Joe The Plumber, so to speak - thinks about surviving until the end of the month, when he hopefully gets his next paycheck. Happiness is sold, with fries on the side, a new dress, a pair of sneakers, some sort of electronic device, or 2 hours in a dark room with many others watching pictures on a big screen. And as it is sold, the happiness quickly runs out once the perceived value spent diminishes.
I'm not suprised that many people choose to find spiritual means to grab that happiness - unfortunately, happiness by that avenue is sold as well (not all, though). Every one has a different set of expectations, though, so it is not the answer for everybody.
That guy beside you in the traffic jam with horns blaring thinks he is not happy, although he does not realize it.
The fast food cashier who snubs you when you are ordering doesn't hate you, she hates herself.
The boss yelling at you for unacheived targets doesn't hate you, he's thinking his bosses hate him and is letting off steam.
The street urchin singing at the roadside is frustated that he doesn't have anything to eat today.
The mother of 3 ramming in to you at the mall is simply overwhelmed by her kids' continuous demands for ... everything.
The motorcycle driver cutting lanes actually hates riding a motorcycle but can't afford a car and takes out his envy and frustration on the road.
and so on...
One of the strongest drives inside a human is the urge to better him/herself, to want more...
More is not necessarily better, mind you - and the most important question is more WHAT?
I think the answer is 'more appreciation' and 'more tolerance' and definitely not 'more money' ... what about you?