Indeed, there’s a fair share of “oddballs” who’ve made their way to Thailand. I’ve had the misfortune of working with a few of them. They initially seemed quite friendly, then as the job and stress took their toll, some unusual, aggressive behavior bubbled to the surface, enabling me to fill in those gaps in their history they gave me, periods between jobs and their relationships, and why they weren’t able to hold them down. It would however, be foolish to say this is everyone who’s escaped to Thailand.
One must consider all those who’ve migrated throughout human history, and their reasons for doing so. Things weren’t working out for them wherever they were. They heard of opportunity elsewhere. Something then motivated them to make that move, certainly no easy task, abandoning everything they had known, starting over somewhere else, and adjusting to a completely new way of life. Those who piled onto a boat fleeing religious persecution, becoming part of what would later become the United States, did just this, as do the hundreds of those now risking their lives crossing the southern border of this country each month, seeking a better life. Same goes for the Jewish diaspora who’ve migrated throughout the world, escaping wars and massacres, and those from Africa and the Middle East now flooding into Europe. A bunch of oddballs, who just couldn’t fit in and make it wherever they had been.
The situation in the US has become quite dire economically within the past decade or so, with rising rents, limited jobs, and lower salaries for the work one’s able to get. This has sent many fleeing to other states, and others like me to other countries. These are socially demanding times we now live in. It now takes more to make it than in the past. You’ve got to be slick, have massive amounts of charisma, amounting to nearly movie star status, which just isn’t feasible. Look at who the successful people are, the Elon Musks of the world. In order to move up, companies want you to be like him. In my previous work I sat through a lot of training videos throwing all the buzzwords at me, I just had “take charge” and “own it”. But such are exceptional people, and certainly not everyone can.
Yet there was a time when things weren’t so demanding, when someone like my grandpa could work hard and start a small business, with which he could support his family until he died. He was friendly and polite, but not very charismatic or outgoing. No one was shouting buzzwords at him to make sales figures. He stayed married to his high school sweetheart his whole life, satisfied with someone who wasn’t a “take charge” kind of guy. He definitely wouldn’t have made it these days. Thus, such demanding times have been increasing the number of those of us not making it, resulting in all the civil unrest you now see, those of us choosing to migrate and try new things, and the number of “oddballs” you’re now likely to run into. Cheers all.