In an article titled, Poor, Happy and Hopeful In The Times of India author, Sujata Dutta Sachdeva writes,
The world seems to be a happier place for people living in the developing world. Their incomes may be low and lives tough, but the mood is upbeat. They are more satisfied with their personal lives, incomes and national conditions as compared to the developed world. And, they are optimistic about the future as well.
Upon my return to the USA after spending a year in Asia I started calling the US, Canada, European countries, Austrailia and other “developed counties” the Undeveloped World. I began calling India and other so called “developing countries” the Developed World. My reasons for this reversal was a certain exhuberiance, wonder, joy, and livliness I found in the people there. I know it is risky to romanticize countries struggling with huge health, human rights, population, pollution and poverty issues but when the streets are filled with life and children late into the evening, and I return to a land where people seem to be compartmentalized, issolated and much less connected to the people around them I see a land that has not “developed” a comprehensive understanding of life and the bigger picture.