This morning I woke up to charred remains of main offices and shopping malls in Bangkok. The image was emotionally disturbing and will forever mark its place in the heart of Bangkokians.
What I found uplifting though was all the messages of hope and renewal that were being sent out by my friends. It was no longer time to despair but a time to move forward.
We can’t change the past but we can change the future. Thailand will overcome this obstacle and we will once again rebuild our economy. We can only go forward. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Problems will not disappear overnight, and may even take decades to work it out, but we must work hard to ensure that this does not happen again. We must forgive but not forget. Problems of inequality must be seriously addressed and corruption stopped. The old growth model must be rethinked.
Pointing fingers will not get us anywhere. We must let the justice system solve the problems.
For the time being, “Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you,” for in the end, we will all die. (This is a great quote from the movie “A Serious Man” which I absolutely love.)