Economists oversell the benefits of material goods
Philosophers often undersell economic growth
But it’s important to put the two in conversation
Is the average American happier than the average American 100 years ago?
Surely we are more economically fulfilled in terms of technology, medicine, education and services
In fact we are perhaps 500% more economically fulfilled
But are we anywhere close to 5x as happy?
So how can we grow the economy and also grow our fulfillment in philosophy?
The only way is to put the two in conversation
Time to make supply and demand models of happiness