Thailand’s current king, a long time ago.

I’m a fan of Thailand’s king, not in the same way a Thai person is, of course, but I’ve learned a bit about what he’s accomplished for the country, and I’ve come to admire him. He’s an avid photographer, and inventor. He’s instituted a number of helpful projects, including setting up farms in a region famous for opium cultivation. You can buy juiceboxes now in 711s (there are millions of 711s here) of organic strawberry juice, or butterfly pea/lemon juice (delightful) produced by these farms.

I didn’t set out to write this about the king, though, or really Thailand.

Here’s a thought, though, on reviewing that photo, and trying to make this all connect: knowledge, in the TSK sense, as well as more generally, could involve connecting past and present in interesting and useful ways. This is not frivolous or a matter of “interesting” or “ironic.” That would be a gigantic waste of this precious and short human life, the kind of waste that generally happens when people have too much time and luxury to appreciate the basic goodness of life.

I do have too much time, these days, and am looking forward to getting back to the good old US of A, and working very hard and making money.

Bridging the past- Thailand’s king found ways to modernize and improve the country. Still, they do have a king, not a very modern thing. It’s not hard to find pictures of the traditional costumes and decorations. You can’t walk around without seeing a flower garland adorning something, be it a random tree, or a small concrete spirit house. The Thais, in my view, hold to their traditions, sometimes in exciting ways, sometimes with a stubbornness that is infuriating and confusing. Having watched lots of TV this past year or so, I’ve had the privelege of enjoying some Korean TV. The South Koreans love to make historical dramas, with amazing costumes and hair and buildings. This is obviously a way of preserving culture, bridging past and present. I respect that a lot. It’s not retro, either, with the odd love/talking down to thing that happens with that.

This reminds me that I have to start studying history. I have this feeling of pragmatism in terms of that, that something useful could come out of it, which is interesting in itself- is the study of history mainly pragmatic? Could this be a mistake, to assume we need to gain something solid from the study of history?

“I think thoughts with a lot of gravitational pull have to do with self-definition, and self/other split…”

“… could relate to phenomena of thoughts percolating below surface…”

“… more space seems a little exhausting, and pointless…”

“space as an escape”

“seeing the things I want, the resources in a situation, and then trying to manipulate them…”

“moment=? piece of time in which something significant happens?”

As far as bridging time, I am trying to learn something from these old journals. To be honest, I’m somewhat diving in, hoping I can make something out of them, even if they are not brilliant or all that interesting most of the time.

A lot of the thoughts I wrote down, in various contexts, seemed more important to me at the time, and later seem not only flat, but small, petty, childish. At the same time, there’s something touching about making contact with that old person, just about as crazy and confused as this current person.

Right now, the best I can do is to say that time (and the rest) are interesting to explore. It’s enjoyable. There is probably something below the surface of interest and enjoyment, but I’m not going to work on that right now.


About jakekarlins

Aspiring writer and artist, dharma practitioner, yogi.

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