We will sooner or later have to start asking ourselves what the point is with our consumer society. Consumerism has become more important than taking care of our beautiful environment. In fact, if we as humans were not here to witness the beauty that nature offers us in every moment, the planet would tick over, as it should. I don’t consider us to be bad but I do consider that we have forgotten some fundamental truths and one of those important truths are with maintaining a healthy unpolluted environment that allows all living creatures to flourish. We need to ask ourselves whether we are doing everything in our power to allow life to flourish or are we carelessly not considering the world around us. We have the option to take active efforts in not leaving a trail of mess behind us and stop relying on our government to take care of us.
Bhutan is leading the way at present when considering nature: the government and the royal family are very keen on preservation. This is a country with a limited GDP of $2 billion a year but they are close to nature and realise that if we don’t start looking after our environment then they will directly suffer through floods and natural disasters. Unlike most countries, they are on the foot of the Himalayas and they realise just how important it is to preserve.
Watch this fantastic presentation by Tshering Tobgay about the efforts of Bhutan and how we can all learn from the minds of people who look at nature first.
An alternative legend holds that a former wife of an emperor, known as Yeshe Tsogyal, willingly became a disciple of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambahva) in Tibet. She transformed herself into a tigress and carried the Guru on her back from Tibet to the present location of the Taktsang in Bhutan. In one of the caves here, the Guru then performed meditation and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and the place became holy. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”.