From the news I read the other night. A U.S. high ranked officer said “The strict control against expressing opinion toward Thai monarchy is the deprivation of the right to freedom of expression…”
Though he had failed to consider which direction the right to freedom of expression without careful consideration and respect to those who deserve respect, has brought his country and the world to. The United States of America never had a King who fights with his own life for the freedom of his nation and his people. He also never understands the origin of the history that is filled with the sacrifice of Thai Kings and ancestors who have created peace and prosperity for the Thai people. Why then, shall he use the principal of the limitless freedom of expression to criticize our system of government with improper manner.
May I use this public space to make my statement to America once again;
Thai is free and has been glorious because of its foundation built by our monarch institution. Freedom of speech must be under mutual consent of respecting other tradition, culture and history. Please do not imagine that Thailand has no freedom.
The Thai nation was not built up by people in suits but by those on the back of elephants and horses who sacrificed their lives and created the royal institution.
Freedom shall not be claimed to manipulate people to behave with lack of proper consideration and righteousness.
We never forget our roots.
The world does not have only one angle. History is not written by one nation.
Respect is common sense.
For the Thais who have no idea why most people pay such utmost love and respect to King Bhumibol Adulyadej they should open their minds and learn through history that our nation has been resolute and unified ? Don't ramble about freedom just to show your views without proper consideration.
Having been a nation is not only about the national flag or regulated provision. Don't forget...because of whom?...that the nation has endured until today.
Vipassana Meditation Master
President & Founder of Knowing Buddha Organization