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MAIL OPINION  By Shana Kongmun


Everyone wants a hero

Everyone wants a hero, the truth is, we all hope there is someone out there who is strong, upright, powerful, honest, decent, generous and kind. I think we are all becoming quite dejected by the endless stories of corruption, neglect, abuse, murder, and greed, Of course, this is a newspaper and we do include those stories but the world is not all doom and gloom and that there are heroes out there every day.

I was lucky, my dad was my hero and he remained that way until the day he died. In fact, to me, even today he is still a hero. My mom was the quiet hero but I have learned that she was one of the strongest and best people I have ever known. Not as many people are as blessed as I am to have such parents but I do not believe that there are not these heroes out there. Thailand has their own hero in the form of HM the King; a man who has spent his entire life helping the people of this nation and giving them the means to help themselves.

Thailand actually has many heroes. From the honest taxi driver who returns forgotten bags to the many people who not only donated to flood victims in Bangkok but travelled there to make a difference, whether it was for people or animals. The courageous athletes in the Disabled Games who don’t even consider the idea they have insurmountable odds but just want to excel, should be heroes to us all.

However, if we pay attention and keep our eyes open, we can see these same traits displayed every day in what are rather mundanely called “random acts of kindness”. My personal favorite here in Chiang Mai is when a fellow motorbiker toots his or her horn and points down to let me know I forgot to put my kickstand up. Or the woman who follows you to give you something you have dropped.

It is interesting that the term “Pollyanna” has become something of a pejorative because the original concept of the book was to see good when you can because “When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.” Perhaps we are all so busy looking for the bad, we forget to look for the good too.

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Everyone wants a hero