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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Ko Phangan, Ko Lanta, Ko Lipe, Pai, Chiang Khan, That Phanom.

    Oh, and the food's not bad either.

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Laid back and generally tolerant people (my favourite people are the contry folks, not the pseudo-westerned wealthy Bangkokian Thais).

    Big brother isn't watching all the time (e.g. can drive at 70 km/h without worrying about a 300 dollar fine in my mail box; My kid can sit in the shopping trolly without being told it's against the stores rules and it's unhygenic!)

    Food

    Cost of living (more spending power here!)

    Low taxes

    Climate

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by Loner
    not the pseudo-westerned wealthy Bangkokian Thais
    Yeah I hate them. How dare they like Western culture and how dare they be wealthy.

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by SageAndOnion
    Yeah I hate them. How dare they like Western culture and how dare they be wealthy.
    Hmmm...funny, but I see both your points.

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    I don't dislike anyone for being wealthy. We can only work within the system we are living in and I don't think it is the duty of every wealthy Thai to try and change their country. Also, the distribution of wealth is uneven in all countries, not just here. A report from the World Institute for Development Economics found the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total of global assets.

    If you do think wealthy people have a duty to try and change the system to help those with less then shouldn't we also, as global citizens, have been trying to improve the lot of rural Thais, African refugees etcetera for a long while?

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    I would have thought that by working here as a teacher, it would help Thailand a lot and would show a certain amount of awareness of good global citizenship. Admittedly not the poorest and neediest, but overall I had imagined teaching here would have been welcomed by fellow teachers and by the education workers generally as a benefit to the country. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robitusson
    overall I had imagined teaching here would have been welcomed by fellow teachers and by the education workers generally as a benefit to the country.
    I never thought about it like that when I came over here. I just treated it like doing any other job - I never thought of myself as being here to help as such, but rather providing a service for an agreed price (a pretty crappy price but then it was a pretty crappy service too).

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    That's how I view it too. But on occasion I also thought that there can be an element of altruism about it.

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by SageAndOnion
    If you do think wealthy people have a duty to try and change the system to help those with less then shouldn't we also, as global citizens, have been trying to improve the lot of rural Thais, African refugees etcetera for a long while?
    Err, a lot of us have.
    This space for rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBlake
    Err, a lot of us have.
    What percentage of the western population do you think has been actively involved in trying to improve wealth distribution to poorer countries then, over the last, say, 20 years?

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by SageAndOnion
    What percentage of the western population do you think has been actively involved in trying to improve wealth distribution to poorer countries then, over the last, say, 20 years?
    Oh, my dear lord...

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by SageAndOnion
    Yeah I hate them. How dare they like Western culture and how dare they be wealthy.
    Maybe I should clarify. I don't like how such people effectively reject much of their own culture (and their own poorer bretheren), at the same time teaching us falangs in the Thai Culture Course about traditional Thai values. Then driving off into the sunset in her shiny new benz! These people are not really Thai in my view, and are much less good Buddhists!

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by SageAndOnion
    What percentage of the western population do you think has been actively involved in trying to improve wealth distribution to poorer countries then, over the last, say, 20 years?
    I guess you missed Band Aid, Live Aid, USA for Africa, Medicines sans Frontieres, Oxfam, Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul, Unicef, Save The Children Fund, et al, while you were busy arguing on the Internet with people you don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBlake
    I guess you missed Band Aid, Live Aid, USA for Africa, Medicines sans Frontieres, Oxfam, Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul, Unicef, Save The Children Fund, et al, while you were busy arguing on the Internet with people you don't know.
    I didn't miss them, but I didn't contribute either. I meant taking action to change the imbalance long term, not remedial fund raising for desperate causes though (re band aid, live aid type of thang).
    Quote Originally Posted by Loner
    teaching us falangs in the Thai Culture Course about traditional Thai values. Then driving off into the sunset in her shiny new benz!
    I don't really follow your reasoning here. Are you saying driving a Mercedes is a rejection of Thai culture?

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    Re: The Things I LUV About Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by SageAndOnion
    I didn't miss them, but I didn't contribute either.
    Hence your rather fervent lack of support for altruism among the elite classes.

    I meant taking action to change the imbalance long term, not remedial fund raising for desperate causes though (re band aid, live aid type of thang).
    Yeeeeeesssss.....riiiiight.

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