The gross national product does not allow for the
health of our children, the quality of their education,
or the joy of their play.
It does not include
the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages;
the intelligence of our public debate or
the integrity of our public officials.
It measures neither our wit nor our courage;
neither our wisdom nor our learning;
neither our compassion
nor our devotion to our country;
it measures everything, in short,
except that which makes life worthwhile.
Robert F. Kennedy, 1968