An example of this simplicity is apparent in the activities of daily life. Weiner encounters the vast, natural beauty of the Himalayas as his plane makes its approach to Bhutan. After he disembarks, however, he is not greeted by a glitzy, multimillion dollar airport but by what he describes as “barely an airport…just a tiny hut of a terminal” (53). As are all visitors to Bhutan, Weiner is assigned a guide. He makes note of the simple, traditional Bhutanese dress for men, a gho, which is shapeless, practical in that it can carry any manner of items within its folds, and devoid of bright colors or patterns. Weiner describes what the Bhutanese consider a national highway, which consists of one road, wide eno...
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... of archery. There is a balance, a harmony, in their daily life; in wealth and lacking; in living and in dying. This balance is achieved not by complicated bureaucratic policy, but taking what you need; living practically and practicing being attentive, compassionate and cooperative within your community. The question remains whether advancement, this progression will impact the acceptance of the simple life that the Bhutanese currently have. Less is more, but will the controlled introduction of outside influences change this idea. The question of whether happiness is “in here” or “out there” remains to be seen in Bhutan.
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