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I just had to leave a short entry. I saw a program about Bhutan last week on PBS and can't get it out of my mind. The country is beautiful and so are the people. But what blew me away was that the main priorities of the government are that the people are happy (as opposed to accumulating wealth and becoming materialistic from exposure to the West) and preserving their natural resources and the integrity of their country. I wish we had such priorities and wise leadership in America.

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Comment by Corwen ap Broch on March 31, 2010 at 22:25
I think they had banned television too for a long time and have only recently relented. I believe they measure progress in Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product, which is a great idea!
Comment by Cacatua on March 31, 2010 at 23:17
Yes, you are absolutely correct - that is the term! I'm sure there are some warts there somewhere, but to have such priorities as these..........I wish them great success.
Comment by Corwen ap Broch on April 1, 2010 at 10:54
I don't like unnecessary authoritarianism, but at least the priorities seem good.
Comment by Cacatua on April 1, 2010 at 14:34
Yeah, it all depends on the benevolence of the leadership, though in this case that has been recently transfered from father to son, with the same priorities. Hopefully the son is up to dealing with the challenges that will no doubt come up as western culture stalks Bhutan. They are able to sell power to the neighbors, produced hydroelectrically in Bhutan, with apparently a relative minimum of damage to their environment, though there always seem to be some unintended consequences that result from such. But at least they seem to be trying their best to take the right path.
Comment by Heike on April 1, 2010 at 14:57
Thanks for posting this, Cacatua! I had a quick look on Google and the Wikipedia and was amazed that a country wwith such values actually exists. Maybe there are advantages in real kingship if the king is in tune with the soul of the land and the people... Changing our existing values in the West seems like trying to turn around a steamroller in full swing by hand but maybe there is a way... I hope there is!
Comment by Cacatua on April 1, 2010 at 15:20
Or trying to bail out the Titanic with a teacup. ;o)
Comment by Forest Goblin on April 27, 2010 at 6:19
I saw a similar thing on Bhutan. It does seem like a well run place.

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