Hello Ah-Pong, sorry for the intervention where nobody had asked me to - I am just writing to say thank you for this most revealing information - I had no idea about these details, and I think you are dead right, we often judge too fast and too narrow-mindedly starting from our eurocentristic world view. I think information is the only means that can helop on the long run, people have to know so they won't be driven to believe any more in any obscure interests. Thank you so much Ah-Pong. All my best wishes to you and to Thailand.
Warm regards, Maja
WE are community, dear Maja and you know you are most welcome any time to engage in conversations. You have such a wide experience and wonderful insights that we ae always enriched by your sharing.
Thankyou, Ah-Pong for your excellent synopsis. I am sure you have been asked many times while you have been across The Big Pond to interpret what was happening. Much of what has gone on in the recent decades is parallel to The Philippines experience in style, though different in substance.
Grassroots movements are always manipulated, and cannot arise without such leadership. That is the nature of the grass-roots, subdivided into unique and largely independent or discrete villages or neighbourhoods. Yet 'survival' is their bottomline, and if that means fight they will, if it means cooperate they do. In between lie factors such as fear - and that can be the element of manipulation.
Isn't it wonderful that we have such a forum and opportunity to chat like this, contributing visually to each other's capacity for empathy awareness of the world. I try to generate chats through my responses so I feel greatly rewarded by such responses from you and Maja.
I look forward to hearing more from you when you return home.
Thank you very much, Ian and Maja.
Yes, I have been asked about the event many times. The Philippines and Thailand eerily share a lot in common, don't they? :) Ian, you definitely have very good understanding and experience about the developing countries. You spoke as if you had witnessed it yourself! Always feels good to talk to someone of great wisdom. Thank you!!
I will keep in touch with you when I return home.
Best regards, Ah-Pong
Ah-Pong, Ian is certainly one of the most adecuate people on this planet you could speak to about this matter....
Have a safe journey home. Warm regards, Maja
They do indeed, Ah-Pong. I will be visiting Indonesia next month and engaged there in some of the issues relating to reconciliation and interactive dialogue. I wish you well on your return home, and look forward to a long association with you through this medium.
Very very beautiful ！！！
Best greetings from China ！！！行者无路
A very different rural landscape from Chinese landscapes, wouldn't you agree? Thanks 行者无路, for your "best of" nomination.
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