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The brief to be discussed with my Thai focus group


Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

The Thai worldview is heavily influenced by a number of ingrained values, the two most important of which are:

  1. Mai bhen rai – nothing is serious, never mind. It doesn’t matter


  1. An acceptance of a strong class structure that insists that people are not created equal and do not have self-evident inalienable rights.
  2. Buddhism teaches that, while there can be happiness in our lives, we experience dissatisfaction and suffering from our birth to our death because we constantly crave and believe we need more pleasure, more wealth, and even greater happiness in our lives. We are never satisfied with what we have at the present moment. Trying to let go of these desires is of the essence of Buddhist thought. This is mai bhen rai in another guise.

(75 words cannot do justice to explaining Buddhism. The hyperlink to the following twenty minute video is a good introduction.

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  1. I don’t want ‘more pleasure, more wealth, and even greater happiness’, I want justice for others, so I couldn’t even start to find common ground with 1.


    • Matt Owens Rees permalink

      I think you’re misunderstanding Mai Bhen Rai. It’s an attitude of mind, a lifestyle, which avoids conflict and seriousness. But it need to be viewed with other Thai traits such as family, community, and compassion for others. So, I disagree with you. However, I’d approve your post if you explained your point of view. I’m all for allowing opposing ideas so long as they are articulated


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