Community Development through Trade
The Gypsies have a saying, a non-gypsy can live happily inside the Gypsy commune
("tzigania" in the vernacular) but a Gypsy can never last outside its borders. When “Kaliu” Gheorghe, lead violinist of the famed Gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks, who moments earlier had compared his stay at Johnny Depp’s Beverly Hills’ mansion to his Gypsy community as Heaven and Hell, when asked to name his favorite place in the world unflinchingly answered “tzigania - tzigania is where my heart is”
Only within the past ten years has the scientific world begun gauging people’s happiness and then listing the happiest places on down. Ironically, the richest countries aren’t always the ‘happiest” like the recurring winner Denmark, the simultaneous world's highest income rate. They surveyed nations, states, even towns; no one seemed to have been left out of the new “be happy” craze - except the regularly overlooked Gypsy communities. If they surveyed the Gypsies then the world might have been shocked to learn that the run-down tziganias of the world are also the happiest places on earth.
According to Amnesty international the Gypsy people are Europe’s poorest and most reviled ethnicity: highly discriminated, unemployed, impoverished, least educated, ill of health – and yet this lingering overcast doesn’t seem to destroy their good humor. They themselves know it - and sing it loud and clear in the opening stanza of the Romani national anthem “gelem gelem”
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|“It’s all about how you look at things,” says Joska Punka through his thick pair of carpe diem glasses. The families living in Mr. Punka’s Transylvanian Gypsy community manage on less than $6 a day.|
Carpe Diem - enjoying the pleasures of the moment
| ”The importance of the present moment enables
the Gypsy to forget, to avoid anticipating, and to leave behind difficulties
created by others by distancing himself from them,” writes Jean-Pierre Liegeois
in his book The Gypsies. “This attitude between time and space has enabled
Gypsies and Travelers to survive, immersed and scattered among hostile
populations, developing elements of a culture all their own.” |
|In the early 13th century - just about the time the Gypsies were wandering into Europe - St. Francis was denouncing all worldly goods and beginning his life as a barefoot, pauper-monk. ...|
laughter is the best medicine
Western society regularly heralds its progress towards better living through the sciences like this recent headline “HUMAN HEAD TRANSPLANTS NOW POSSIBLE”. We hear it all the time in advertisement promoting healthier living through pills, new gadgets, one-stop shopping or new ways of getting us further faster, etc., meanwhile anxiety disorders in these places of “better living” are on the rise affecting as much as one in five of the US population. That number drastically cascades to roughly “zero” in tzigania where a simple, peaceful lifestyle based on the principle of “making the best of the little you have” and being the person that you are without shame has succeeded in forging a perhaps financially poor yet mentally stable community.
“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”