Temptation of Assuming – Thai Culture

“We have all been warned not to judge a book by its cover.

But inevitably we do it anyway.

Its difficult to resist the temptation of assuming that a person’s outward appearance reflects something meaningful about his or her inner personality.”

A major problem with foreigners living in Thailand is some think they have the right to extreme expression. I’ve lived in the West for many years and I know the behaviours of this extremism. Its called Hate Speech.

It is made worse (if it can indeed go further than that) when foreigners ridicule Thai nationals about their appearance. In fact I frown upon all racists comments regardless of who made them – locals and foreigners.

Some said that the major cause of hate speech is that their foreign values are not applicable to Thai way of life. While others think it is the right of freedom of expression.

You can also find Thais making hate speeches against each other and sometimes about other nationalities living in our country.

I think foreigners find popularity in social alienation especially among the expatriates. Their need to expose Thais and foreigners alike is mainly because of their disgust and their inability to understand our way of life.

But sometimes I don’t even understand where we are heading – the neglect of cultural engagement with society widens the gap.

So sad ka.

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