“This was so accepted as a likely trajectory for the city that it was written into an LA redevelopment plan as a warning of what could happen were the plan not adopted. The plan, LA 2000: A City for the Future, calls this ‘the Blade Runner scenario: the fusion of individual cultures into a demotic polyglotism ominous with unresolved hostilities.'”
That’s Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan kingdom wedged between China and India. The government has devised ways of measuring happiness – though not in the ways that Westerners might imagine.
“[The scripts outline] not just what hurts but how to express it. They tell us how much to give away, and when. … The scripts dig deep into our fictive lives: the ages of our children and the diseases of our parents, the names of our husbands’ real-estate and graphic-design firms, the amount of weight we’ve lost in the past year, the amount of alcohol we drink each week.”