Yet it is ironic that human society is pervasively susceptible to confusion between this simple end and the complexity of means.
This explains why conventional development or economic growth paradigm is seriously flawed and delusional.
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International Context In general, models for both developed as well as developing countries do not explicitly include happiness as a development end, and contemporary measures of progress do not usually address happiness.
It is assumed to be the collateral result of social and economic policies.
Enlightening the inner self or human nature became a far greater task than taming nature and manipulating the world for personal or even national gain.
This helps explain why the Bhutanese should, in general, have a pre-disposition towards a more holistic, unconventional approach to development which recognizes happiness as the primary and perhaps, only purpose of development.
I am also very happy to have been able to receive the generosity and hospitality that we have been enjoying since our arrival on Canadian soil.
There are many to whom I should convey my deepest appreciation for having facilitated this 2nd international conference on Gross National Happiness.