According to Joel, the more you control your environment and the more things just work the way you expect them to, the more you are happy. He paraphrases Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman as follows – a great deal of depression grows out of a feeling of helplessness: the feeling that you cannot control your environment.
- People are happiest in countries which follow the principles of free market with low-profile socialist policies. Socialist policies work best when they strive to insure people against risks, which they cannot control themselves.
- There is high suicide rate of youths in very socialist countries, like Scandinavian countries, because of violation of the above principle. They are not in control of their lives and are not held responsible for their lives.
- Moslems say “everything is from Allah”, abdicating control over their lives. Then they glorify the explosive belt method of committing suicide.