Saturday, April 05, 2008

What do you know about Bhutan?

Watch this fascinating video from Current TV.

It raises many questions about modernization, protecting cultures, and what happiness is composed of. Bhutan's benevolent king has decided to give up monarchy because you cannot guarantee a future king will be so benevolent. Bhutan held its first democratic election in March.

Many Bhutanese believe the introduction of TV ten years ago is tearing the culture apart, and that democratization will hasten its demise. But trying to keep a culture in ignorance of the outside also has its perils. What is the path forward for a protected traditional culture as it inevitably meets the modern world?

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