“These are not times to preach GNH abroad; it is time to pay serious attention at home,” the deputy chairperson of Bhutan’s upper house Dr Sonam Kinga writes on the ongoing Rupee crisis in Bhutan. He says the country’s financial system is strongly pro-elite and there is a crisis of vision.
“Ironically, it’s only because westerners wanted a scale to quantify these quaint-sounding ideals that Bhutan did so. Outsiders intrigued by GNH (and collapsing from the weight of overdevelopment and its discontents) have clambered for Bhutan to develop a scale to measure happiness, often missing the real point, as if it could be delivered in a magic diet formula for well-being.”
One of the key persons behind the conference, Bhutan aficionado Jeffrey D. Sachs was backed by the government for his World Bank president candidature. “He has all the right qualifications for the job. He is one who has vision, the knowledge, love for humanity and above all the zeal to motivate people,” Bhutan finance minister Lyonpo Wangdi Norbu wrote
Honored by Bhutan’s support for me for World Bank President. Bhutan leads great idea of Gross National Happiness. jeffsachs.org/2012/03/wang…
Our best wishes and prayers are with Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley and his small entourage for the the 2nd April High Level GNH Conference in UN, NY. It is the only paradigm for sustainable development if the earth needs to exist for us. Visit http://www.2apr.gov.bt/ and continue our devotion and prayers for its success.
Btw controversial book ‘Gross National Happiness’ says conservatives are happier than liberals. So if you are an all-embracing-compassionate-Bell-Hooks-like-Buddhist, an atheist, left-leaning, anti-war, anti-capitalist then you could be unhappy