In this dragon kingdom, life is not extravagant but everyone is entitled to free health insurance and education, starting point is almost equal. During my time in Bhutan, I had never seen a beggar, street vendor dragging guests out on the street. It is probably the basic foundation for people not to be unhappy because they take care of their clothes every day. But what brings happiness, I think, is in themselves.
Stay away from greed, anger and ignorance
The instructor said that the majority of Bhutanese people are satisfied with their lives. What is happiness? This question I have asked myself many times, to realize that happiness is when people feel satisfied with what they have, and get what they need.
Maybe a full physical life is happy with this person, but it doesn’t matter to others. Maybe health is not worth anything for this person, but it is invaluable to others. Happiness is only temporary because in life, when you have achieved the desire, people immediately crave for other things. And while they have not been able to achieve, or are unable to achieve, they see why they are so unhappy!
In order to achieve this realm, nothing but the Buddhist philosophy has penetrated deep into the blood of the people here. Culture says “no” to greed, hatred and ignorance is the key to the door of happiness for the country of Bhutan, and it shows through each person’s behavior.
The uncomplicated life clearly gave the people of Bhutan a calm attitude to live, not compete, deceive, and pursue. Of course, that attitude also has some impact on economic growth. Surely they understand, but that is their choice.
Choose life that is not rich
Saying so does not mean that Bhutanese people turn a blind eye to the outside world. They chose with a very high consciousness. It is environmental awareness, national identity and attitudes.
Who doesn’t want to be rich. But Bhutanese do not exploit forests to earn money, although the country is covered by 60% of the forest area. They love the forest more than the money. This country has regulations, to cut down a green tree, to make up for 3 new trees. 80% of people live by farming and selling vegetables to India. In the face of a large market like India, people still say no to pesticides, growth stimulants, although that can help increase productivity and give them huge resources.
Bhutanis choose to go towards sustainable development instead of following immediate benefits because they do not want to destroy their own future. Bhutan’s national consciousness is very high. They cherish the tradition and not hope. Working clothes or to places of worship are always Kira for women and Gho for men. Whether it’s sunny or rainy, warm or cold, there’s only Kira and Gho. If there is another, it is only a fabric, a pattern depending on the important nature of the event. Children are no exception when starting to wear traditional uniforms right from the first day of school.
Because choosing to live is not rich in a conscious way, in communication, Bhutanese people are full of pride and confidence.