You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Many believe that the best way to ensure a happier society is to reduce the difference in income earnings between the rich and poor. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is often argued that in order to create a happy society, the gap between the earnings of the richest and the poorest should be narrowed. I think a monetary scale is not appropriate to measure the happiness level of a person; whether it is the rich or the poor.
Firstly, one should understand happiness is not a tangible thing to measure because most people define it in different ways. If the case of money is taken into consideration, there is no specific limit of earnings which makes a person happy. To be precise, the rich desire more money to make themselves happier. Similarly, the poor want more money to explore new horizons in their life, for example, a car or an own house. Yet happiness would not stay longer with them as they aim new desires.
Finding the best way to find happiness in the society is really a hectic job. It should be understood that a happy society should meet all the basic needs and is to be updated with the developmental processes as per the technological and scientific advancements. For example, in a society in which smartphones and computers are popular, irrespective of the economic status, one can hardly distinguish the happiness level between the rich and the poor.
On the other hand, balancing the earnings of the richest and the poorest is one attempt to make the society happy. However, it seems to be hardly practical as one cannot easily re-order a social system, which shaped itself over a thousand of years.
To conclude, though the idea of narrowing the gap between the earnings of the richest and the poorest seems to be a good idea to embrace happiness, it hardly happens. Instead, other factors such as satisfying the basic needs of the society and updating them with technology seem to be more productive.