This morning I came across a news article which states that Costa Rica is the happiest nation on earth. Though there are no real means of 'quantifying' happiness, all possible means of survey and experimentation saw Costa Rica top the list. The primary reason cited for this was the decision of the country to disband its military some years ago. The government decided to invest in education rather than in artillery and it has worked wonders. The second most important reason is the ecological balance that is preserved in the country. It is said that the country only narrowly exceeds the limit of natural exploitation.
Now there are two important features that have proved to be the success factors of a whole nation: education and ecology. Time to learn our lessons!