Sunday, March 09, 2008

While in the US the media can't seem to get away from discussion of the economy and possible recession, the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is marching to a different drummer. Instead of Gross National Product, they measure quality of life in an index caled "Gross National Happiness" rather than the economy alone in tracking their nation's progress. From Wikipedia: "The term was coined by Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972 in response to criticism that his economy was growing poorly. It signaled his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan's unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values."

I offer this on a Sunday afternoon to assure readers that there is some wisdom in the world, and that not all peoples are driven by mindless consumerism. There is hope to be found in the restoration of values expressed and discovered through the craftsmanship and service of the human hand.

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