They say, ‘Love makes the world go round’ , but do you agree with that? I do, because I have seen and experienced things that prove it’s true.
I used to have this amazing straight A student who was good all around and very friendly. It would have been easy for her to find good jobs in the city but she chose to work as a development worker in a small village in Chachoengsao Province after graduation. Almost 30 years later, she’s still there, working and standing behind the villagers through their various problems and obstacles, including natural disasters, the malevolence of the dark powers, and government policies that always give priority to those with more money than ordinary people.
The saying, ‘Love makes the world go round’ came up when I had a conversation with her recently because I could sense that the true love she had for her home town made the world go round for her nicely, despite the disasters attributable to human blundering. What this means is that the world does not go round as a result of bloody populist policies, carried out by politicians who don’t give a damn about the long-term benefits of the people, but always put their own interests – including getting the votes they need - first, and seek to satisfy entrepreneurs who will move like a shot to another locality if things are not the way they want them where they are. The fact is that it’s the love of ‘small people’ that helps Thai society survive and continue.
A lot of people see non-governmental organization (NGO) workers as annoying. Maybe it’s true they sometimes seem annoying but they need to be the way they are as long as social injustice exists in our societies. I know many NGO workers who roam far from home comforts, for very little pecuniary satisfaction, working ceaselessly and without holidays. If they didn’t love what they did, I don’t think they would have been bringing their benefits for as long as they have.
I believe that this love they have and demonstrate makes this world go round.
Another time this phrase came to me was in a restroom in Kyoto ! I know it sounds ridiculous that what impressed me most when I had my first visit to Japan at the end of last year was not the beautiful and inspiring leaves that changed color or magnificent temples and castles, but public restrooms!
The first thing that hit me was the impressively warm seat there, because regular public toilets are normally freezing cold. But in Japan, public toilets are connected to electricity to warm the toilet seats and you can also even adjust the temperature to suit yourself !
How could I not be impressed, since I had never been in any country that pays attention to pedestrians’ bottoms before. J
In these establishments we could also choose the strength of water spray we wanted or what music we would like to hear and so on. Every button had Braille script inscribed on it for the benefit of the blind, and there were pictures to inform us about the proper use of everything in the bathroom. When I saw all this, I thought Japan was a true ‘Information society’. However, it also made me realize that Thai society is still far from this level of attainment. Moreover, another thing in the restroom that impressed me was the high chair for sitting kids, in the corner of some of the ladies’ rooms, so that women with little children could put them there while they were using the facilities. Japan is not highly developed only because of advanced technology but also because the Japanese people are willing to think of the others around them, and come up with technology that makes life easier and more convenient for them all.
Advanced technology doesn’t make the world move forward. It’s the love and empathy for fellow human beings that improves the technology we all use.
I really believe that love makes the world go round, but it cannot be a selfish love we have only for ourselves, but love that comes from compassion, attention and goodwill towards fellow human beings, both known and unknown.
I do believe that this special kind of love makes the world go round.
เขาว่ากันว่า Love makes the world go round. คุณเชื่อไหม
คำว่า Love makes the world go round. ยังผุดขึ้นมาในหัวขณะที่ฉันนั่งอยู่ในห้องส้วมที่เกียวโต! จะตลกเกินไปไหมถ้าหากฉันจะบอกว่าสิ่งที่ฉันประทับใจที่สุดในการไปเยือนญี่ปุ่นครั้งแรกเมื่อปลายปีที่แล้วไม่ใช่ใบไม้เปลี่ยนสีที่สวยจับใจ ไม่ใช่วัดวาอารามและปราสาทที่อลังการ แต่เป็นห้องส้วมที่พบได้ทั่วไปในที่สาธารณะ!
อย่างไรก็ตาม สิ่งที่ทำให้ฉันเกิดนึกถึงประโยค Love makes the world go round. ขึ้นมาในห้องส้วมก็คือเก้าอี้สูงที่แอบอยู่มุมห้องบางห้องของห้องส้วมผู้หญิงสำหรับใส่ลูกเล็กที่เธออุ้มมา นั่นสินะ ฉันก็ไม่เคยนึกถึงมาก่อนเลยว่าผู้หญิงที่ต้องกระเตงลูกออกมาหาหมอหรือต้องอุ้มมาซื้อกับข้าวที่ตลาดด้วยนั้น เธอทำอย่างไรกับเด็กเวลาเข้าส้วม (โดยเฉพาะส้วมยองๆ แบบส้วมสาธารณะเมืองไทย!)