One question we so infrequently ask ourselves is, “what is it that brings quality to our lives?” This question, if it is given the time necessary for response, has the potential to have lasting positive impacts. If people know what brings quality to living, it can have positive implications for individuals as well as for the greater community as a whole. Policies based around fostering quality living, and education directed at acknowledging what quality living consists of, can have the power to move society in the best possible direction.
A truly virtuous society is one in which a community ethic is based around acknowledging what quality living is in the general sense, and then striving as a group to obtain it whenever possible. Quality of life that is based solely in connection with capitalist pursuits (spending and buying things) is not the kind of quality life that everyone in society can share with one another. It is becoming more and more the case that the rich are getting richer and the poor are growing poorer (and larger in number). While this is, in itself, a problem that needs to be rectified in this world, it is not feasible to base quality of life merely in monetary terms; for this would result in saying that more and more people are not being granted the means to a life of quality. Quality does not need this monetary attachment; although, it might be argued that without money a life of quality is hard to come by.
Quality of life is something to identify for everyone in this community. If a general definition for quality of life can be universally accepted by the world’s people, we may all have the common ground necessary to foster positive human development everywhere. Can money be detached from quality? What does “quality of life” mean for you?
Justin Allen Philcox