by Zygmunt Bauman, a famous Polish sociologist who died recently. On GDP as a measure of quality of life (translation is my own):
"Everyone would like to work 500 m from his home. Walk to work, pop in to home for lunch, after work spent time in the garden with kids and then eat dinner together. But for GDP it is much better if you work 50 km from home, you need to spend lot of time and money to commute everyday, you eat out (...) you have to hire a baby-sitter to look after your kids and a gardener to tend to your garden. And on the top of that, you are more likely to get overtime or second job, because you still struggle to pay for all this.
And if our lives are brought down to earning and spending money, we become most unhappy, most lonely and most absurd creatures in the word".
I would say "discuss" but I guess there is nothing to discuss here...