How does it come about?
As we sense the emerging future in these seventeen goals, what emerges is the reflection of roots of cultures and spiritual philosophies that have guided the lives of many communities around the world for centuries.
Melasti ceremony in Serangan Village, in the vicinities of Island of Happiness Kura Kura Bali, Bali, Indonesia.
Tri Hita Karana is a traditional philosophy for life on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The literal translation is “Tri” for three, “Hita” for happiness and “Karana” for causes or ways, so Tri Hita Karana is the Balinese’ “Three Ways to Happiness”. These three ways are i) harmony of people with PEOPLE , ii) harmony of people with NATURE and iii) harmony of people with the SPIRITUAL. The Tri Hita Karana philosophy guides many aspects of Balinese life.
Following the inauguration of the 17 Sustainable goals by the United Nation in 2015, Governments, Businesses and civil society together with the United Nations have actively started to mobilize efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. Amazingly, it is discovered that the 17 goals can be rearranged into 3 tiers namely people, ecological and spiritual. SDG 1 to 10 are linked to people harmony, SDGs 11 to 15 are link to sustainability or Ecological harmony while SDG 16 to 17 peace and partnership link to spiritual harmony. It elegantly forms a 3 tiers pyramid display of these 3 key harmonies that are pivotal in determining true sustainability or the fundamental individual happiness.
We welcome institutions to adopt and promote the SDG Pyramid to Happiness. Join our campaign to invite 100 organizations from diverse sectors by September 2017 UN General Assembly.
Amazingly, it was discovered that the 17 goals can be rearranged into 3 main core issues to be dealt with namely people, ecological and spiritual.
Goals 1 to 10 are linked to humanitarian, inclusiveness and PEOPLE harmony.
Goals 11 to 15 are linked to sustainability, nature and ECOLOGICAL harmony.
And Goals 16 to 17 are linked to peace, partnership, values of SPIRITUAL harmony.
It elegantly forms a 3 tiers pyramid display of these 3 key issues that are pivotal in determining true sustainability or the fundamental individual happiness.
International Day of Happiness
The UN in its 2012 resolution establishing “Happiness Day” reflected that “..Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal. Recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives. Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.”
For more information on Happiness Day, please refer to http://www.dayofhappiness.net/about/
United in Diversity believe that the bridging of these 3 harmonies will bring forth happiness. The attainment of balance in the social, ecological, and spiritual realm is the path to happiness. It is also serendipitous that it aligns with the Balinese traditional philosophy of life Tri Hita Karana, that is, the three ways to Happiness. That Happiness is through the harmony of people to people, people with nature and people with their spirituality. The concept of happiness and harmony comes from sustainable balance across three realms people, nature and spirit. It also finds resonance in other communities, cultures and philosophies like the Chinese (天地人和), Hindu, Islam, and Greek.
The sustainable development goals presented in the pyramid framework is a beautiful reflection of aspirations to happiness through the harmony of people, ecological and spiritual values that will universally guide mankind.