Bhutan.

Bhutan is a small country and Thailand and Hong Kong are big. They are different in shape, size and in population. In Bhutan we don’t buy happiness. But we do buy livelihood and that is different. Unlike in Hong Kong people literally buy happiness: You want your family to have a moment of happiness?, You have to buy a ticket to Disneyland or provide them with a good meal. People in Thailand don’t have time for each other. In Bhutan we always say that people comment on each others action and judge each other. But i think that is good because we have time for each other. We have a moment to reflect on each others action. Because our lives are not consumer driven at the moment.

 

We always talk about the vitality of GNH in Bhutan. Sometimes i feel like mocking about it because i hear it every where. It’s there on the TV, politicians talk about it and even in schools, children as young as 8 deliver speeches on it. But i realise how important it is. We don’t focus on materialistic advancement. Indirectly Bhutan is a blessed country. Why? I have always said this and i will say this again, we have a selfless monarch and we are in a better position to learn from other nations. Yes, in Bhutan we don’t have everything that an upperclass family gets when they travel outside but we have time for each other and time to think! If you think Bhutan is a really small country..So small that when a blogger on facebook uploads her picture the entire nation recognises her. It wont remain like this forever, sooner or later we will be driven by techonology. But when we do we wont be lost because we have GNH!

 

People are so well disciplined here but that makes them somewhat close to a robot. Here time and money go very well, people are always looking to please themselves and fulfill thier greeds. It’s different in Bhutan. In Bhutan we don’t run after money but that does’nt mean we dont work hard. Of course we work hard. For example we have the farmers who work hard as well as live life at ease. The famers here are satisifed with what they earn. That is why they have the rest of their lives to refect on thier actions. In Thailand if you ever travel on a sky train, you will noitce how everyone on the trains have their eyes fixed on their smart phones. While walking, eating, heading to home back from school, while smoking, while waiting in que at the washroom and even at escalators, people are always using their phone and not just any oridnary phone but an iphone.

 

During summers we have to face the heat in Bhutan! Like it or not we don’t have AC’s in our school or govenrment officess. Even the relationship that we share with nature is very different from people here in Hong Kong. Summer or winter or any part of the year, technology has totoally changed the way people live here. We as Bhutanese are very close to mother earth because in our day to day lives we see and face climatic changes. Bhutan is such a small country that when someone from your school travels to Thailand, you talk about it for days. Whatever one does on social network becomes viral within days. Therfore we are at a very crucial stage, what we do now will define our future. In Bhutan even the busiest man, the Prime Minister has the time to update his status on Facebook. It’s all about consideration here. Our king travles the country every now and then, his actions provide us with an example to know each other more.

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Once again, your comments are insightful for one so young. Your lament is a common one in the Western World…despite all our technology, financial success, modernization…are we better off for it? Are we happier, more satisfied, more connected to one another and the world around us? We spend hours communicating on facebook, twitter, snapchat, etc., but are we closer to our friends? Are our friendships and relationships “deeper” or simply “wider”? I am amazed to see young couples out on a date at a restaurant and spend the entire time on their smart phones. Whatever happened to looking into someone’s eyes, enjoying their company and having a conversation?

    LOL, its the price we pay when our intelligence far exceeds our wisdom. The pursuit of “things” (consumerism) is never a satisfying endeavor. If we measure our self-worth in terms of how many followers I have on twitter, or the size of my bank account or anything that is external to myself, I am doomed to fail. That is the beauty of the traditional Bhutanese culture…that happiness is found within oneself and in the simplicity and beauty of the nature that surrounds you and the meditation that is within you.

    It doesn’t mean that modernization and tradition cannot co-exist, but it is a delicate balancing act that requires one to always err on the side of caution…which are our traditions and true human connections. There are no satisfying substitutes for a hug, a warm smile and the devotion of family.

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