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The Happiest Place on Earth

The Happiest Place on Earth
April 14, 2012, 01:02:19 AM
Bhutan is often referred to as the world's happiest country...

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...despite relatively low life expectancy, a literacy rate of just 47%, and a very low GDP per capita. Why? Researchers credit an unusually strong sense of national identity. Plus, the country has beautiful scenery and a largely unspoiled culture, thanks to strict governmental limits on tourism, development, and immigration. Pretty counterintuitive, but Bhutan seems to have found a recipe for happiness.

Source: www.businessweek.com

I wonder what the multiculturalists and technocrats have to say about this.

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 15, 2012, 01:51:40 PM
"THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE MISSING!  THEY'D LOVE TO HAVE TELEVISIONS, CARS, MOBILE PHONES, KFC, AND MULTICULTURALISM!!!!  EVERYONE MUST!!!!"

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 15, 2012, 02:38:09 PM
It's forbidden to smoke, wow! How cool is that!

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 16, 2012, 04:05:08 AM
In 1999, the government lifted a ban on television and the Internet, making Bhutan one of the last countries to introduce television. In his speech, the King said that television was a critical step to the modernisation of Bhutan as well as a major contributor to the country's Gross National Happiness (Bhutan is the only country to measure happiness),[39] but warned that the "misuse" of television could erode traditional Bhutanese values.[40]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 16, 2012, 04:13:30 AM
I wonder what the multiculturalists and technocrats have to say about this.

Openly they would be eternal skeptics asking for studies and statistics proving the Happiest Place assertion, then constantly denying any valid evidence was given. Secretly, they would be terrified that if identitarian traditionalist life looked better to people, they would be out of their useless parasite jobs in short order.

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 16, 2012, 05:02:59 AM
1) Since when did happiness suppose value?
2) Looks like a sub-standard South Asian culture, like many others. Good on them for resisting the disease of modernity, but in comparison to actual civilization (renaissance Italy or Persia, for example) this 'shangra-la' is nothing but a speck of dust.

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 16, 2012, 12:16:02 PM
I think it is the inverse - having value produces happiness.

NHA

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 16, 2012, 01:05:15 PM
Probably the closer you are to the ape man the more happy you will be.

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 17, 2012, 01:26:33 AM
1) Since when did happiness suppose value?
2) Looks like a sub-standard South Asian culture, like many others. Good on them for resisting the disease of modernity, but in comparison to actual civilization (renaissance Italy or Persia, for example) this 'shangra-la' is nothing but a speck of dust.

A culture's value is not determined by its material accomplishments, although these may reveal something of that culture.  Of what value is a culture if it doesn't benefit individuals?

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 17, 2012, 01:46:15 AM
1) Since when did happiness suppose value?
2) Looks like a sub-standard South Asian culture, like many others. Good on them for resisting the disease of modernity, but in comparison to actual civilization (renaissance Italy or Persia, for example) this 'shangra-la' is nothing but a speck of dust.

A culture's value is not determined by its material accomplishments, although these may reveal something of that culture.  Of what value is a culture if it doesn't benefit individuals?

Culture is merely a collection of material accomplishments; architecture, goods, fashion, literature, art etc.. All of these benefit individuals by making them cultured.

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 17, 2012, 03:45:52 AM
1) Since when did happiness suppose value?
2) Looks like a sub-standard South Asian culture, like many others. Good on them for resisting the disease of modernity, but in comparison to actual civilization (renaissance Italy or Persia, for example) this 'shangra-la' is nothing but a speck of dust.

A culture's value is not determined by its material accomplishments, although these may reveal something of that culture.  Of what value is a culture if it doesn't benefit individuals?

Culture is merely a collection of material accomplishments; architecture, goods, fashion, literature, art etc.. All of these benefit individuals by making them cultured.

What about values and attitudes?

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth
April 17, 2012, 09:31:08 AM
The material benefit of Art is next to nill, especially when compared to its aesthetic/philosophical/spiritual benefit.