GrossNational Happiness in Bhutan
GrossNational Happiness in Bhutan
Theauthor is describing the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH),as it is used in Bhutan, a small remote state in Asia. Unlike therest of the world which measures success through economic or materialgain, Bhutan measures its success through the happiness of itspeople. The concept of gross national happiness is based on equitablesocial development, conservation of the environment, culturalpreservation, and promotion of good governance. The country has beenable to stay true to its concept of gross national happiness as seenin its commitment to ban logging for export, declare a monthlypedestrian day which bans all private motor vehicles on road, the 60landmass to be covered by forests and the ‘green school’ conceptembraced by students and the youth in general. Nevertheless, theauthor have sited various problems being faced by Bhutan for takingthe road it has taken, no matter how adorable it is. These challengesinclude poverty, crime, as well as threat of climate change on itsmain agricultural activities. Ultimately, the author is supportive ofthe idea in Bhutan and warns that this effort may go to waste ifother countries do not support the course for sustainableenvironment.
Theauthor’s title is strong and tells the reader that the author is insupport of the Bhutan Gross National Happiness idea. Throughout thefirst half of the article, the author praises the idea, portraying itas one of the most sustainable in the world. He compares the notionto the united nation’s environmental idea to be adopted in Doha.This leads the reader to believing that the notion of GNH issustainable. Unfortunately this is not the case as the author laterintroduces controversy in the adoption of the concept. First hebegins with the challenges that Bhutan is facing from the adoption ofthis concept. He reveals that, even with the environment consciousidea, the country’s climate is no better than the rest. This iscontrary to the title which insinuates success of its adoption andthe likeliness of the idea changing the rest of the world.Nevertheless, the article is strong because it is giving factsregarding the state of Bhutan and gives possible solution to theissues surrounding Bhutan. The title is also captivating andsystematic to the story the writer is trying to tell. Overall, thisis a strong article as it is meant to inform, educate and inspire anobjective that is effortlessly achieved by the author.
Thecurrent article provides a familiar scenario. Today most countriesare struggling towards sustainable development. The concept of ‘goinggreen’ is a growing phenomenon in the world today and runs acrosspublic and corporate entities. Yet there are no significant changebeen experienced in terms of environmental conservation such asreduction of carbon emission. Countries that have promised huge ideasin reducing carbon emission on the contrary such as the United Statescontinue leading in pollution. This is the point being exposed in thecurrent article. Bhutan being a small state cannot win over the fightagainst environmental degradation and the behavior of other nationsis clearly affecting them. The issue of environmental conservation asseen in this article is not an issue of one country or someindividuals. It is an issue which requires holistic approach. WhereasBhutan has adopted a holistic approach, its effects have not beenrealized. Cultural conservation, environmental preservation,equitable development and good governance as the basis of the GNHhave failed from bringing “happiness”. With incorporation ofeconomic and social development, Bhutan’s idea could be moreeffective in achieving national happiness.
Theway an article is written is important in sending the point home.Staying focused is one of the things that a good writer must emphasisin his or her writing. Factual data is also a strengthening aspect ofa written article. The writing exhibited in the current article showsconsistency in writing skills of the author. Even though he havedeviated from his main theme of advocacy for the GNH idea in Bhutanas an idea that could change the world, the author brings controversywithin the same context by showing how the same idea has not beensuccessful. In my writing experience, I believe that each writer hastheir own way of passing a message to their readers. In fact, thecurrent article could be passing the message that, environmentalconservation is not about going green alone, but ensuring sustainabledevelopment. Overall, the writer has been able to achieve hisobjective of discussing the GNH concept in Bhutan, the challengesthat the program is facing and even provides solutions to theproblem. As a writer, I also like writing a conclusive piece of workat the same time leaving an insight in the minds of my readers. Thisnot only engages the reader in the debate or the argument, but may bethe beginning of another insightful journey to adaptation anddevelopment of new ideas.