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Imagine a country tucked away from the rest of the world hidden in the Himalayas left to its own devices, to develop unique and incredible ways that have made sense for not only its own culture but also for its entire ecosystem.
Some people claim that this country is the happiest in the world, the last Shangri-la, and is in fact the only country in the world to be carbon negative, the meaning is producing three times more oxygen than it consumes to meet the country of Bhutan.
So what makes this place so special all the people there truly the happiest and what have they understood about the environment, the rest of us haven’t well after a recent trip to India for an upcoming episode, I went on my second solo trip.
This month to visit the small country squeezed between the two most populated countries on the planet, the place is phased with lots of Saronic pressure and so with an open, mind, and lots of questions.
Then my 72-hour trip to the magical country of Bhutan begins [, Music, ], the possibility of vulnerability, [ Music ], welcome to all right it’s, gotta, be the most beautiful airport. I’ve ever seen in my life.
What and even the frickin conveyor belts or our luggage is beautiful, so the thing about Bhutan is that you’re, not allowed to come here without an official tour guide assigned to you. Then they hook you up with hotels, visas, transportation, which means that I have a guide waiting for me out here.
Yes good to meet you man, this is beautiful, poon soo! Thank you so much great Wow awesome. Thank you. So much I’m. Super excited to explore and learn about how Bhutan is apparently the happiest country in the world: [: Music, ], [ Applause, ], [, Music, ], [, Music ].
The main goal for today is to turn LP into the first Bhutanese vlogger. Here you go. It’s your turn. First, what are we doing right now? We’re. Going in a Buddha statue is one of the largest sitting with an in the water.
It’s, a 210 feet, Wow [ Applause, ], [, Music, ]. After exploring a few more iconic places in Bhutan. I felt amazed by the scenery. Yet I still had so many unanswered questions. Why do some call this place? The happiest country? How does their society differ from any other place in the world, and just as these questions came to mind, my friend Kevin, who we had met in Thailand last year, heard that I was in Bhutan and had a connection to the perfect man to answer all of This, the ex-prime minister of Bhutan, and so funnily enough before beginning the hour-long drive over to his house to interview him?
I was walking over to go, get him a gift, and I noticed something strange. I just went on a quick little walk and, as I’m walking around, I’m slowly, starting to notice that this country has a weird obsession with penises there’s, a lot of different go because I’ve been like a kind of seeing it.
I was like I got a penis on his house and then kind of like not really think about it, and now, as I’ve been walking around, I’m noticing. This is not a coincidence or a one-off situation, people in Bhutan really like penises okay.
So I have to ask you because I want to make sure I get that story uncomfort. What’s the deal with all the penises on all the houses? Does anybody find it funny, or is it always just seeing that it’s, part of the culture? So we are about to go meet the ex-prime minister of Bhutan and we need to bring him a gift.
I can’t believe he’s, just like such a juxtaposition. Next to all of these really Buddha statues, and then there’s just a whole bunch of I don’t know. If I’m confident enough to bring up the penis as a gift, you know I’m, saying which one would you recommend to heaven that’s? Pretty nice yeah we’ll.
Do that? Thank you so much. Alright, now we get around and so after getting the gift, so we drove an hour to finally sit down with the ex-Prime Minister. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this on such last-second notice.
I just want to start by asking you for somebody who doesn’t know the basics of the girl’s happiness income in gross national happiness, restless girls, that’s, not actual happiness, is basically a development philosophy that acknowledges that economic growth Is important but that economic growth must have been mindless, it should also be sustainable, environmentally sustainable, and it also should be equally spread throughout society.
Until recently, Bhutan was the only country in the world that’s. Carbon neutral, okay and now Suriname is also carbon neutral. So the two countries, but I mean, did we have 195 countries in the world today and to have two countries and that too two small countries, just two countries that a carbon-neutral is not acceptable in Boonton.
We see Quester about three times more carbon dioxide than we emit as a nation. Traditional economists would have advised His Majesty the King to harvest the forests, yet he didn’t, and all I can say is that he was way ahead of his times.
So some people say Bhutan is one of the happiest countries in the world. You feel like that’s, just like something Outsiders say, but Bhutan, would you agree with that statement? Yes, and no yes or no? Yes, it’s, something that Outsiders say because they’ve heard about the development philosophy of gross national happiness and there’s.
A misunderstanding. People have just concluded that this must be the happiest country, life. Okay and yes, you may have been interested, we admire you a lot and we smile. We smile from the depths of our soul.
You know who’s, to say that we are the happiest people. There are many kind societies and some societies may be happier yet, which ought to be happy also because the conditions of happiness are available in free health care, free education, I mean a natural environment is the rule of law justice.
These are all in place. What does Bhutan do that? You think other countries could easily implement if there is something that we can share. Is the importance of leadership. The world knows the importance of leadership, absolutely no doubt, but we have enjoyed the blessings of enlightened leaders, whether it is a monastery or whether it’s, wildlife, whether it is a hot dog mountain that is still unclaimed, yeah, all of them.
Ultimately, it’s because of enlightened leadership, so we are a small country tucked away in the Himalayas sandwiched between two huge Giants. Yet our culture is intact. Our spirituality is intact. The economy is growing gradually but sustainably, and all of this because of enlightened kings, there’s.
A lot of young people in the world that are anxious are depressed. What do you think the world can learn about Putin’s happiness? I guess making happiness a priority. Firstly, youth all over the world are anxious.
What needs you to die? Anxious the I am anxious, but what makes it worse is because we are so connected now earlier, you are isolated in your own village organization came and then that now, like you’re, not near cocoon.
Now too much information too many emotions. We’re, trying to create a platform for people to be able to connect because I think the connection is a big reason. After all, we think we’re connected. After all, we’re on our phone yeah.
But we’re, not actually having the real connection in real life yeah. Our goal soon is to build an app that can allow people to just go out and connect and find activities to do together right yeah. Thank you so much for taking the time.
I really appreciate it. I think the world will learn a lot from your wisdom and I’m, so grateful to have had time in Bhutan. I’m, so grateful that your wisdom, Thomas. Thank you very much. Thank you and a big hi from Bhutan to all your followers.
There you go good so anyway, thanks you got a picture yeah. Thank you very much, of course, man. He was such a kind and wise and generous human being. I’m blown away, [ Music ], all the way up there, we’re hiking straight up like I’m, a mountain, pretty much yes, okay, we are beginning the hike to Tiger’s, Nest, which is Apparent, one of the holiest places in all of Bhutan, but also apparently in all of Buddhism.
The second Buddha was the one that popularized and spread Buddhism. All over Asia spent three years three months and three days, meditating in the cave, that’s, built right next to the temple. I’m out of breath through barely started.
We’re super high up in elevation, and we’re about to go even higher. Is that it Wow. We’re, climbing one-two thousand one hundred meters: Wow [ Music, ], hi, buddy, [, Music ], where’s, this guy coming from someone lost a horse, sir.
Oh, there is that’s. A pretty funny horse was trying to do the hike on its own. Today, we’re about to peek over the hill. We’re gonna get a solid first glance, apparently in Buddhism culture. When you go hiking, you wash away your sins good for the house, good for the body good for the soul.
Ah, we’re. Getting so close. Look at this thing. There’s, just something in the air. It’s very hard to describe, but all of a sudden, my heart just dropped. [ Music ], you, oh my god, this place is magical for the last little stretch.
You cannot bring any technology with us. You know a lot to film inside. They consider them very holy places and they want to preserve them. You have to put on pants seem to put on a shirt to cover your arms.
I’m, so excited to go see this place. We just got out of Tiger’s Nest and I just had one of the most intense spiritual moments I’ve ever experienced the moment we ‘ Re closed my eyes and my grandpa passed away around this time of the year about four years ago.
I just had a moment where I felt like he was here and I felt like would have loved experiencing this moment with me somewhere on here. He did there’s, something about this place that just recently so uncontrollably emotional.
It felt like the sound was muffled, Romney. I was just so in awe and taken by the scenery and the beauty of this place extremely grateful right now, experience this moment. After spending three days in Bhutan, I was blown away by what I’d learned, but I also think it’s safe to say that I only scratched the surface of understanding how this country truly operates.
There’s, a surprising combination of cultural, political, and ecological factors that allows Bhutan to exist. The way it does our people there Julie the happiest. Well, I’m, not sure, but what has given them that reputation in the past is this dedication to value the populations and the environments overall well-being over blindly chasing financial gain and that’s.
The main learning lesson that I took away from this trip that Bhutan’s, harmonious strategy between business and nature, and unwillingness to compromise the health of its environment is what ‘ S allowed them to flourish the way they have, and so, as we think, of our nature moving forward.