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Midweek rant: The Right to Rant – it’s not bashing Thailand to criticize

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Midweek rant: The Right to Rant – it’s not bashing Thailand to criticize

 

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One thing I really hate.

 

Those people who think you should keep your mouth shut about things if you are in a foreign country.

 

“You are a guest in their country”, they spout. “You have no right to criticize”.

 

What a load of nonsense.

 

Who gave them the right to tell other people what to do? Eh?

 

And why do they think you even need rights to speak up about things that are wrong, about injustice.

 

I couldn’t care less if someone wants to bash the country of my birth – Britain.

 

Why should it be any different in the place where you live, Thailand?

 

Even if you are just a visitor.

 

I am not even saying that you have to have lived in a place five, ten or fifty years before you somehow gain these “rights”.

 

I see no reason why the tourist off the plane should not have their say immediately if that is what they want.

 

Countries can learn a lot from their visitors – it’s called perspective.

 

Sure people look a bit silly if they bash based on no knowledge of the reasons, whys and wherefores for the problems.

 

But who says you have to be informed before you rant?

 

The Rant Police?

 

I may have spent most of my compos mentis life in Thailand but I think that everyone has the right to their opinion.

 

Sure we must all keep within the law, even if we disagree with it.

 

But why should foreigners be silent when they see things they disagree with?

 

Obviously being fair is important, being informed a distinct advantage.

 

Having a valid point helps.

 

Who doesn’t hate those Thai bashers who abound on forums like Thaivisa who are neither fair, informed or have a point except to troll or incite.

 

But there are many of us who care passionately about Thailand.

 

We want to see it improve – just like the Thais do.

 

We care enough about it to criticize. We care enough to comment. We want things to be better.

 

So don’t tell me I can’t rant.

 

To paraphrase the song:

 

It’s my party and I’ll rant if I want to.

 

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Mate if you don't like it here you know where Swampy is now don't you?

 

I hate that line...

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Indeed, nothing more tedious than to hear the line "if you don't like it here, go home"... usually uttered by the sort of person who would have made a great traffic warden back in their own country. 

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"Mate if you don't like it here you know where Swampy is now don't you?"

 

The above argument is flawed, I live in Australia I like it but do I have some complaints and criticisms of the Government. Heaps

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Critiques usually follow the line of Western comparatives, which isn't logical.

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The ways Thais react to the merest criticism of their country shows an underlying deep lack of confidence in the nation. 

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Still, I think some people would be happier if they didn't live in a place where they hate the culture, hate the people, hate the government and think they're all idiots.  

 

The ones that I get a kick out of are the ones who hate everything about Thailand, but live here because it's so much better than the life they left behind. 

 

And I suspect the locals would be pleased to see a lot of them go- so they can stop being treated like toe cheese and errant children.

 

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I like living in Thailand. I have a great time in Thailand. I accomplish a lot due to minimal distraction of life in Thailand.

I do not care PASSIONATELY about Thailand. Makes life living here a bit easier.
 

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Saying stuff like "it's my culture" or "it's what I believe" is never an excuse to be a c***. 

 

Self-loathing 'farangs' are the most detrimental thing for foreigners here. The ones who always slag off their own country in some mad idea thinking it will endear them to the locals. It doesn't. If you want people to respect you, you have to respcet yourself first. 

 

I have full and frank converstions about all walks of life with my foreign friends and my Thai missus. Nothing is taboo. People talk and share ideas. No one is preaching hatred, etc. We are merely talking openly like adults. 

 

If you can't talk openly and freely, you're not talking. You're just blurting out meaningless words to appease. Guess who benefits from these inane words? Not you. It's someone or something else that has a more sinister reason for not wanting to be talked about. 

 

Bad ideas die in a society that ridicules.

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1 hour ago, impulse said:

Still, I think some people would be happier if they didn't live in a place where they hate the culture, hate the people, hate the government and think they're all idiots.  

 

The ones that I get a kick out of are the ones who hate everything about Thailand, but live here because it's so much better than the life they left behind. 

 

And I suspect the locals would be pleased to see a lot of them go- so they can stop being treated like toe cheese and errant children.

 

Even better are the ones that lived here, liked it, but for one reason or another, had to go back to their home country (finances, broken relationship etc....).

A lot of these, who declare they now hate Thailand with a vengance, seem to spend every free moment on here, saying how bad it is, and trying to convince themselves that they made the right decision, to return to the place they left originally, because they hated it !

As someone quoted on here the other day...............'you can take the farang out of Thailand, but you can't take Thailand out of the farang !' :crazy: 

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What a bunch of BS, the post and most of the comments...


This is an acceptable signature (hopefully)

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I am amused to see how foreigners like to be called " Farang or alien ?" . We are called Farang to remind us that we don't belong here and we should shut up or go home......

I always tell my thai friends that I was born in a country with freedom of speech and free to say what you think. Background is important to know to understand someone's mind. There's no moral in Thai culture me think.....

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2 minutes ago, Raymonddiaz said:

There's no moral in Thai culture me think.....

 

It's different than the moral code where I come from, but there's a very strong moral code in LOS.  Not necessarily better.  Not necessarily worse.  But different.  

 

Problem is that many foreigners think that the codes their Moms taught them are universal truths.  They're not.

 

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the sounds of 6AM and earlier.... pervasive ones...

chickens and other birds
clacking sounds of mortar and pestle (not a complaint)
empty stomach vomiting sounds (not a complaint)
 

but that last one is a sign of something. I believe. 

is that a rant?





 

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2 hours ago, vadid said:

The ways Thais react to the merest criticism of their country shows an underlying deep lack of confidence in the nation. 

Exactly, I have some Thai friends who try to come back at me making fun of my home country (they lived in Europe for a decade so know a bit about European countries) but in all those years they have never been able to say anything that really lands. The reason is simple; they either misunderstand what is going on, don't understand the background, or they are right and I admit they are right.

 

The size of my ***** is not influenced by how others perceive my native country.

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