Provide a 5 pages analysis while answering the following question: Improving the Quality of Life. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. In improving the quality of life, one needs to move beyond identifying indicators of qualities of life and identify specific improvements that need to be made. The quality of life will be improved by finding treatments to effect needed improvements than continuing to expand the vast list of quality of life indicators. The guidelines for improving the quality of life in a society specify particular improvements that are frequently needed to make a society a better place to live. Indicators of improvement are normative to reflect general living conditions in a society. For example, in the category of education, increasing the literacy rate in a society might be an index of improved education. Increasing the number of teachers per capita, might be a proposed treatment to reduce the illiteracy rate. In improving the quality of life, an effort should be made to identify basic improvements that are needed in each of the eight categories and to infer reasonable treatments to achieve the improvements (Friedman 64).
. . . . . . . . . . Government is an overriding factor in a society because the laws that are enacted or proclaimed and enforced determine to a great extent other factors such as education, protection, and health. There should be free choice, or civil liberty, and this is one of the indicators of quality of life in nations. People should be given freedom to choose their own leaders, and the freedom must be promoted realistically. An increase in freedom is an improvement in the quality of life but this freedom should be within limits. The goal and the challenge should be to achieve a delicate balance between laws that ensures personal autonomy and laws that promote the common good. Sometimes the two often conflict. When the scale tips too far in favor of the common good, people may have to sacrifice fulfillment of their personal aspirations and find whatever satisfaction they can by pursuing imposed societal objectives. This tends to pall in totalitarian, socialist, and communist societies. On the other hand, neglecting the common good to increase personal autonomy engenders over permissiveness, which undermines the foundation of society and the security of its people. Force and fraud must be minimized to maintain government, commerce, and personal freedom. Laws must be enforced to protect people from being coerced by physical force and the lives of others for government, commerce, personal freedom, and domestic tranquility to be tenable (Vitale 17).