This is a post that will attract some hate but I think that expats who stay long…
This is a post that will attract some hate but I think that expats who stay long time in Thailand will probably agree with me.
Thailand is a place that you can enjoy only superficially. Don’t learn the language, don’t try to understand what Thais are thinking, just enjoy having people working for you at a cheap rate and giving you a good service. While the country is a great place to relax or retire, it is a place where the rarest thing is not Gold or gems, but it is brain.
If you dig a little bit, you will be disappointed by how stupid the majority of Thai people are, it is just hard to find an equivalent elsewhere in the world.
It all starts with the education system. A Kid of 14 years old knows about as much as a 5 year old European. Apart from rare exceptions, they do not know how to do a division manually, they know nothing about politics, history or geography. If you have a kid in a public school in Thailand you will be shocked by the low level of education.
Try with your typical bar girl or a 7/11 cashier and ask her what “kilometer per hour” means. Result is guaranteed. They have no clue, even if they have a counter on any scooter, it is too complicated.
Most average people do not know anything about politics, try to ask what is the job of Prawit for example. Nobody knows and if you tell them that he is the minister of defense, they have no clue what this means. They don’t know anything about classical music, or rock, who are the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
Ask them who is Hitler. Ask them who is Hillary Clinton. The ignorance in this country is staggering, it is not even understandable for us and many are in denial because it seems too extreme.
Most people do not speak Thai, they speak Essan that is a dialect that some people in Bangkok do not understand fully.
Porc BBQ is said Moo Yang at school, most people in Essan will not understand because it is Moo Ping in the North, in Bangkok if you say Moo Ping people will laugh at you or even do not understand.
It seems that this country is engineering their people to be obedient robots that can do small tasks without asking questions. And of course accept to do it for 250 Eur a month.
No one knows about their rights, they don’t know about the law at the workplace. In consequence they think that the abuses are normal, the boss has all rights to do what he wants, which is not true. Many people are paid less than the minimum 8500 baht because of the ignorance of their own rights and they are not going to protest because they don’t know how.
You can buy the University diploma. So if you want to be a computer engineer, you just pay the price and have the diploma. Guess why all complex projects are done by foreign companies.
Everything can be purchased the same way, driving license, properties etc… so if you are Thai and have a bit of money, you don’t need to go learn anything in your life.
Try to find people who read books (I mean real books), or have notion of literacy. Even with movies, apart the Thai movies, who in Thailand knows about classics like Blade Runner, Mission, Apocalypse Now, Barry Lyndon, 2001 Space Odyssey, Riddley Scott, Stanley Kubrick? All they know is Fast and Furious, because they like speed on the road, and it is does not ask to think. About celebrities, they know only football players: Ronaldo!
The worse thing is that they are outrageously arrogant. You cannot criticize them, you are the one who is stupid, you talk about things not interesting, you are too complicated. Why you, farang cares, about this third cable in the plug, it goes in the ground? So that mean is it used for nothing, let’s remove it.
Why you need to put this shower up there, there is a sticker that say so for security? Who cares? Thai know better. Why waiting at the red light? Why put an helmet that will mess up my hairs.
If you try to teach them, you are the bad guy. “Go back to your country! Thing are like this here, you are not ok, go”. They do not want to learn, they are perfect, you are invited here and you must accept the local stupidity and adapt to it.
So follow my advice. Do not attach yourself to any people here. Use the service, use the stupid brainless 20 years old who love money more than anything and will trade their ass to get a new phone, use the cheap labor, do like the Thai elite does, they show us the way to live here. This place has been designed to be run by slaves that are brainwashed thinking that they are smart; use that to your advantage.
But if you want to have a smart conversation with any locals here, forget it. I have met maybe 2-3 people smart here in 8 years. It happen that one was a girl who is now rich (smart people are so rare, they do not have any problem selling condo to the uneducated ones), another was a hi-ranking military that has traveled and was a really smart interesting guy – but his education was made oversea.
The elite are all sending their kids to learn in foreign Universities. There is a reason why!
I can understand Thai enough now to listen what people are saying when they all go to a BBQ together. They say nothing in substance. They do not talk at all apart from saying jokes. They are looking Facebook together for 2 hours eating, and go back their room…slave of a system, serving the few rich and smart all their life.
But I do not have pity, education is online, books are online and free. If you want to raise yourself in the society you can learn by yourself. But it asks some effort, that is another subject. 😀