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Some people say that the best measure of a country’s success is the quality of life people enjoy. Others argue that a prosperous economy is the key factor in a country success. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
In modern world, GDP has become one of the vital statistics used for assessing a country’s success since the output of industry and personal income which are calculated into GDP have reflected the wealthy level of this country. However, there is a controversy over whether economy or quality of life is the determining factor to success of a country.
On the one hand, economic is usually used as a basic indicator of success. To evaluate an achievement of a nation is a sophisticated system which consists of many indexes, including political status, technological application, cultural influence, economic competitiveness, etc. Among them, it is not difficult to find that economic development has laid a foundation for other achievements to some degree. When a country has additional revenue to invest in cutting-edge techniques research and spreading local customs and cultures, the influence of this country over others is unprecedented. Qatar is one of the typical example who will hold the next World Cup to increase the status of the country by investing in a large scale of infrastructure and stadium construction.
On the other hand, evidence proves that economic development may not guarantee the sustainability of a country’s success while sometimes undermine the power of the country. In many developing countries, the revenue of the government depends mainly on labor-intensive industry and low-end industry which means that once the international companies decided to withdraw the investment from this field, employees might face the risk of unemployment. This fragile economic development would collapse and the country would experience a economic recession. Besides, some of the economic development relies on the exploitation of natural resources, such as mining industry which is prosperous at the cost of natural environmental damage. How will civilians feel proud of this and how will the country be a role model in the world when people live in such environment with air and water pollution?
So, the quality of life certainly should be taken into consideration since the success of country refers to sustainability of development. If people live in a country where there are lower rate of crimes in cities, higher standard of education and free treatment of diseases, they may have more energy and enthusiasm to work for their country, to do research for science and to enjoy green environment in their communities. This will promote the economic development of the country for a longer term.
As conclusion, economic development is the fundamental contributor to a country’s success but quality of life is the most significant factor which ushers us into a new age.