Happy people – happy society

«The Government should not force the individual citizen if she does not wish to sacrifice itself in the name of the blessing of the crowd». (Jean-Jacques Rousseau) Did somebody from you experience a situation when your parents asked whom you wish to become in the future? And when you answered for example: «I’d like to be the artist», or: «I wish to learn to dance», or something in this sort, they condemned your choice, saying that which such non- prestigious work it will be very difficult to earn money. And you, puzzled by such opinion, go to university and choose the economics department or the career of doctor or the military because it is tradition of your family. On the one hand, your parents are right, they wish to see you in the future as a successful person, not lacking anything. But they try to determine your destiny! Often it leads to that such person will not become an expert in such a trade, the person remains mediocre because he or she has no passion for this line of work. But not only parents affect a choice of a trade, more often the labour market dictates to the person what job to choose, not our own desires. In some countries the labour market and information compete, instead of cooperating. For example, today in Russia young students are compelled to work during their studies as the state grants are below a living wage but also to obtain the operational experience which is necessary for further employment. It’s not so easy for recently graduated person to find a work according his or her specialization, therefore they do part-time jobs and loose their qualification. The labor marked does not provide working places for young specialists. Also dynamically developing services and the heavy industry demands more and more hands, as a result the government of Russia cut down the budgets of the history, philosophy and psychology departments, the high school teacher cuts down the time spend on topics such as the arts, volcanology and oceanology. This is artificial modeling the labour market. It means, if you wish to become a sculptor you should go to a private high school if you do not have the money you have to forget about the dream and learn to be an engineer or another trade where experts are required. Take some time to reflected on the question on how many people take pleasure in their work. Your parents? You? Do people manage to combine what they like doing best and earning money? If the state puts the person before the choice — favorite business or sufficient payment, what you will choose for yourself? Often we see that a person who has spent some years receiving knowledge, is compelled to change to another field of activity as no work can be found with the acquired specialty. Is such a person happy? Would this person feel in harmony with the world around? In the words of Choi By-Dal: “A person might stay poor, the main thing, that he/she feels satisfied what does he/she do. Then a person is perfect.” Yulia Esayan, Ira Andreeva