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Reisverslag Back to the supermarket
5 februari 2013
Back to the supermarket
I will not discuss Avatar. The socially emancipated perceptions in that film are just way over the top. One can be too emancipated.
Coming back to the girl that leaves you for another guy: yet what if you think the guy is a total jerk? What if you think the situation is not just bad for yourself, but for her as well? Is it morally okay then to be protective? In other words: does it make a difference whether you think about her as your love (self-centred, i.e. 'bad' in emancipated feminocentric society) or as your friend (which means you're trying to perceive what's good for her)? Now imagine that girl is not your love, but simply a friend, or worse, your daughter. Is there a situation where it is morally sound to be protective?
I suppose the Buddha would say to let go. Forget all your emotional attachment. Let go. Dis-attachment stops your suffering. You detach your feelings and do not care any longer. No more pondering, no more suffering. Zen. This is key to understanding a society like Thailand. To some degree, it explains how parents can happily sell their children to the sex industry and even brag about it. I am not kidding, I heard Thai parents do that at more than one occasion now. But I feel the whole thing is morally corrupt. After all, if you are so proud of your 16 years old daughter earning enough in a brothel to buy you a new television, or even a car, you show a more basic form of attachment. Namely a materialistic desire for the car, for money. That is not in line with the Buddhist demand to let go at all. This contradiction puzzles me.
In fact, the first impression one can get of Bangkok is that the Thai are not very eager to let go of materialism at all. Bangkok is at first sight made up of big glass skyscrapers, and at street level vendors and supermarkets compete at every street corner, selling mass consumption goods to crowds of fashionably dressed individuals. In many ways, Bangkok feels like one big modern supermarket (it also has to do with the Thai habit of keeping everything immaculately clean). But when you look closer, spiritual aspects of Thai society are visible too. What are those pots with goldfish and lotus flowers for? You see them everywhere. Why do people burn incense in those ceramic things that resemble something in between a bird house and an altar? Why does nobody stop a kid from queue jumping in a supermarket? Why is the man that just walked past apologizing for, well, walking too close to you?
Overall, after living in Bangkok for a couple of weeks one gets the impression that Thai society has many inconsistencies, even hypocrisies. Yet the same is true for western society. Emancipation itself goes against human nature. Women do -in general- not like guys that are too sensitive or understanding, or guys who talk about feelings too much. In a relationship, the female instinct is to find a strong, bold, emotionally stable person who can provide and support. Western emancipated society is itself thus, in many ways, very inconsistent and hypocrite. With this in mind it becomes hard to judge the Thai way.
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6 februari 2013 12:09 | Door: Hanny
groeten uit zwolle (gister geweest) ; R en V veilig in NZD geland; je bent erg prive met dit soort overpeinzingen joh, let op dat je niet jezelf verliest in teveel en te diep filosoferen..... LEEF!
6 februari 2013 16:21 | Door: minny
groeten van minny en oma, ik probeer het voor te lezen en tegelijk te vertalen, maar dat valt niet mee.
oma is weer in slaap gevallen.....
ik denk dat je kijk op de moderne 21e eeuwse vrouw sociologisch gezien wat achterhaald is!