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Everyone has an opinion it seems

By Heather Allen
I don’t claim to have a great understanding of Thai politics and as near as I can tell neither do quite a few Thai people. To say it is convoluted and complicated is probably the understatement of the year. That said, I know a few expats who have been in Thailand a few years who consider themselves not only instant experts (despite the fact that they have very limited experience of Thai life outside their own circle of friends) but are more than happy to inform everyone of how right they are, regardless if those people actually want to hear their opinions.
It is always amazing to me these people who pontificate on other countries and other cultures regardless of how limited their knowledge is. I have a British friend who, despite never having been to the United States is convinced he knows it all simply because he has seen it in the movies and television.
It is the same know-it-all attitude one hears on bar stools around the world, I suspect. Certainly one hears it here in Chiang Mai and whilst one of the biggest “experts” I have had the tedium of being forced to listen to, is rather young and can some day claim that he was simply na´ve and young, not all of them are young or na´ve. It is perhaps worse when the know it all is someone who is old enough to know he or she (we certainly cannot limit this arrogance to men) does not know it all. As I have aged I have learned that the older I get the less I really truly know.
Of course not everyone who gets older actually does get wiser and as the saying goes, “There is no fool like an old fool”. And sometimes a young fool too. So, a few words of advice from someone who knows enough to know they don’t know enough, sometimes it is best to keep your opinions to yourself. Most people are not really interested and if they are they will ask you. Most likely, no one will be asking.

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Everyone has an opinion it seems