Why Bhutan is better than the U.S, and Canada and the UK…for real

You might hear the phrase “gross national happiness” and think, hippy dippy, airy fairy or completely ineffectual for other countries to emulate…and if you do, check out Bhutan.

http://www.gnhc.gov.bt/

I’m behind the times as I only saw the documentary myself a couple of weeks ago and it only firms my belief that we’re doing it wrong…And by “it” I mean EVERYTHING.

They’re a monarchical society where the king is actually working toward democracy even though the people are contented with his rule.

This is actually working!

What does GNH mean? In the words of the commission that oversees this policy in Bhutan, their objectives are:

OBJECTIVES

“The GNHC shall ensure that GNH is mainstreamed into the planning, policy making and implementation process by evaluating their relevance to the GNH framework of:
i.developing a dynamic economy as the foundation for a vibrant democracy;
ii.Harmonious Living – in harmony with tradition and nature;
iii.Effective and good governance; and
iv.Our people: investing in the nation’s greatest asset.”

Unlike first world nations, Bhutan has taken a measured approach to how fast and how useful is technological advancement is; to the people, the environment and the overall wellbeing of Bhutan.

Now this is a place I would like to create, not just move there but demand it from my own government.
Who’s with me?

misanthrope

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. –Albert Einstein

I think these things about as much as I think of showing compassion for the human race.

Intelligence leaves me, with some kind of woe at least, for the human race.

“I have found little that is good about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.” –Sigmund Freud

Yet at the end of the day people fascinate me as much as they disgust me…so what to do?

What to do indeed.