Amit Asked Me to Review and Comment on a Video TED Talk From Thai Man Who Says Life is Simple
Here is the video I am talking about, a Thailand man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21j_OCNLuYg
I read Walden when was 17 and it turned my life up side down.HDT lasted a year and returned to run the family pencil factory. Andy has been living Walden for 17 years.lt is a great book. " do not make yourself sick laying up money against a sick day".
The Thai guy tells in interesting story but it is not true -at least not for him.
Lawrence, I am missing something, please explain on why he is not telling the truth? TED talks are often self-promoting talks, more than reality. I do believe that a Thail person, or an American can just stop buying, move back to the village, and live a simple life, it works for me. I buy very few luxuries, the wash machine I purchased will pay for itself in 90 days, as the one thing I truly hate to do is wash clothes by hands. Hmm, not true, I hate to wring the clothes by hand. I am trying to invent a small hand wringer, attach to wall and twist. I enjoyed his way of talking, it will change peoples lives, even if it is a lie, that is the funny part of wrters, they often tell good stories, they cannot live, they do good, but cannot save themselves.
Just past 12:30 the Thai man says 'the four basic needs are food, house, clothes and medicine must be cheap and easy for everybody . . ." BUT we need water and LAND, land with water where one can grow their food and build their house. Building codes in the USA will not allow such building as he suggests. (There are rare, obscure counties that have no building codes.) Whose land is this Thai gentlemen using for his community? Is it on his ancestral land? Is this such an abundance of water in Thailand that it costs nothing? Water and land are expensive in the USA and now days, no one has true ownership as in fee simple or alloidal titles. The county recorder's manual in the county I live in lists those two type of documents on their forbidden/prohibited list.
Deb, there are 1000's of reasons why any idea is bad, and you gave a few, thank you. And, I suppose there are 1000's of reason why he is correct.
Andy, here is his business web site. http://www.punpunthailand.org/ I have eaten at one of his reastaruants and enjoyed my meal. He is not the simple country boy he pretends to be here. He is a successful entrepreneur and this rap is part of his hustle. Nothing wrong in doing well. But this badly misleads as to the challenges of the rural poor in Thailand. His having this opportunity to Speak at tedx is because of his connectedness and the propaganda message. Is it possible to live as he has described in northern Thailand. Yes and no. I have visited a number of times a Karean village with a friend who grew up there. I think I was the only white person to ever have visited. Only 50 miles from Chiang Mai and on a main road. Working together as a village on good land with water and fotest they made a thing of beauty in only 100 years.
For many people in Thailand subsistence is not the romantic picture he has painted but cruel poverty and their suffering should not be pretended away as he has done to enhance his ego and serve the purposes of the Bangkok elite
I did not intend to get all heavy and political but this man in this video is spinning web.
Michael Crighton said, "Subsistence farming is 100 percent employment." Thanks of the insights, I was 100's of TED talks ,and they are fun, insightful, but of course made for political correct crowd, who want to hear romance. And, his story is woven good. I remember living in Chang Saen Thailand, close to the golden triangle on the Mekong River. I had a super room for one dollar per night, the hotel was owned by a Swiss man, who married, and realized he was stupid, so left is in the hand of his wive sister. It was great, but nobody lives in Chang Saen, except me, and one crazy expat. I take great pride in finging great room for cheap. My room in Lome, for 33 dollars per month is heaven. the midwife who owns the house gave it to me, because she trusted me. I was the USA 10 years ago, rented a room at a friend 350K house for 100 dollars per month for 2 months, it was super nice, sometimes people just want to have people around. i truly believe life is easy, super easy,until we find a reason to not believe.