=================================================== At the beginning of living here in the US, I was quite annoyed with many Americans who overused the word classic, history, or sort of words like that.
I was wondering that how could they realize these words. They basically didn't have a long history. Their country was just established not too long ago.... They were so proud about their "trivial" sport statistics in American football, basketball, and baseball... These sports were seldom played in any other places in the world.
When I got exposed to more and more Americans and their society, I became more understanding why they're so proud of these "mediocrecity".
Americans valued things differently from our perspectives owing to differences in ways of living/thinking. As important as the previous two, they believed that they could make a history and the history truly belonged to them.
In the contrary, the Thai were born within a stratified society. There were an invisible barrier which curbed the Thai of dreaming or even thinking about making a history.... "It's too difficult or it doesn't belong to your kind".... That would be those invisible entities echoing in our minds and thoughts.
Our history was sacred, untouchable yet academically unproven---in lay terms our history looked like a myth rather than a fact. Many of those were fabricated or politically motivated with less true participations from its people.
Looking back to short American history, they started from being rebel from the English tyranny, then, built themselves from an agricultural-based society. This resulted in slavery... and cracked among people in its society about the slavery issue resulting in its long bloodshedding civil war.
Liberal philosophy prevailed. These ideas respected in human dignity... believing that people were born equal.... From that, Americans and their society embraced people suffering from discriminations and persecutions into their society time after time and waves after waves....
These people within this opened society had built America from a no-history nation to a history-making nation.
Only 150 years of learning and building based upon liberty, liberalism, and freedom, America had changed the world...
In World war II, American troop saved the world from being conquered by the Japanese Imperialism and Nazi Arayan Eugenicism. Without them, the world would have been another place--- a drastically different one than the current one we're living upon....
With its policy about selecting great people into its society, it had Eistein, a Swiss Jew, who, in fact, changed the world with his minds. America got the inventor of German V1 rocket to be a lead scientist in NASA program resulting in the most successful space exploration program in the history of mankind.
Science and technology had relocated from Europe to their new Mecca, America.... Every science, engineering, and technology had been prospering here in the US.
So, from this, Americans had a full right to be proud of its history..... They'd written it with their efforts, ideology, and open-mindedness.
Our history would be "a shorter one" if we maintained our attitudes within this current course, regretably.
If I would like to make a history for myself, my family, my community, my country, and my countrymen, did I have a chance? ===================================================
================================= Note: My life has been intertwined with works and many others. New responsibility has emerged, resulting less and less time for my ordinary life. Although, a love to write is still intact... But having less time is related to having less imagination.... Therefore, I could not come up with new writings for quite some times.
It might be a good time for me to leave this forum for moment.... Please take it as Mr. A.T. is having a sabbactatical leave or something like that....
As noted above, my love to write is still the same... and will not be changed. Sometimes somehow, I hope I could come back and give some thoughts in this blog once more.
Cheers, Mr. A.T. June 6th, 2008
My pen-name in Pantip is amatuer translator. Actually, I'm a lousy translator with lame translation. My pen-name is somewhat misleading, I have no background in linguistics what-so-ever. Anyway I love to read, write and communicate with people...
Reading is my most favorite hobby. I read everything from shopping bags to articles in theoretical physics. I do research and teaching for my living. So, reading, writing, thinking and doing research works are my everyday routine.
I would like to define myself as a person who is accepting new ideas and adopting those into my way of life.
I believe in power of knowledge/education. I think every society can be a better society with knowledge. Ignorance can be dispelled by it. Humanity can live sustainably and harmoniously with each other along with its biosphere with understandings in the nature surrounding it.
Apart from my philosophical thoughts reflecting who I am, I can tell you something I like or love in particular;
I love dogs.... Particularly, labradore retrievers.... One day, I would like to spend my time and life with them as a big part of my family.
Zhuge Liang is my hero. With his wisdom and faithfulness, he led a tiny army to a mighty and formidable kingdom. He left his humble residence with a hope to come back. But, sadly, he had never returned and died far far away from home in a horse carriage in a battle field. If I could choose where I would, I would say where-ever my lovely wife was nearby.
I value happiness and my family as my first priority. My profession and my philosophy come in the second. Pursuit in wealth has never been in my desire.
I'm glad to be your friend, and look forward to seeing you around krub.