According to the dominant ideology, everyone wants to live better and enjoy a better quality of life. In a general way associated this quality of life to the gross domestic product (GDP) in each country. GDP represents all material wealth produced by a country. Then, according to this criterion, the best placed countries are United States, followed by Japan, Germany, Sweden and others. GDP is a measurement invented by capitalism to stimulate increased production of material goods of consumption. In recent years, in view of the growth of poverty and urbanization favelizada in the world and up to a sense of decency, the UN introduced the index of human development (IDH). It includes intangible values such as health, education, social equality, careful nature, gender equity and others.
It has enriched the meaning of quality of life, which was understood in very materialistic way: enjoys a good quality of life who consumes more and better. Ahead of all the countries is Bhutan, boxed between China and India, at the foot of the Himalayas, very poor materially, but that officially established the internal gross happiness index. This is not measured by quantitative, but qualitative, criteria such as good governance authorities, equitable distribution of surplus agriculture of subsistence, plant extraction and sale of energy to India, good health and education and, especially, good level of cooperation of all to guarantee social peace. Abya Yala indigenous traditions, name for the continent hectors, instead of better living speaks of good living. This category entered the constitutions of Bolivia and Ecuador as the social objective to be pursued by the State and by society as a whole. Live better implies an ethics of unlimited progress and urges us to one competition with each other to create more and more conditions for better living.
However, so that some can live better, millions of people have had that Live evil. It is the capitalist contradiction. On the contrary, good living pointing to an ethic of long enough for the whole community and not only for the individual. The good live supposes a vision holistic and inclusive of the human being, immersed in the great earthly community, which includes not only humans, but also to the air, water, soil, mountains, trees and animals; It is profound communion with the Pachamama (Earth), with the energies of the universe, and God. The central concern is not to accumulate. In addition, mother Earth gives us everything we need. With our work we supply what her for excessive aggressions can not give us, or help you to produce sufficient and decent for everyone, also for animals and plants. The good living is to be in permanent harmony with all, celebrating the sacred rites that continually renew the cosmic connection and with God. The good live us convida to not consume more than what the ecosystem can support, to prevent the production of waste that we can not absorb safely and incites us to reuse and recycle everything that we have used. It will be a recyclable and frugal consumption. Then there will be no shortage. In this time of search for new paths for humanity the idea of good living has a lot to teach us.