While it’s been illegal for bars to open in Thailand and the selling or consumption of alcohol in public is forbidden, police have been looking the other way as patrons sneak beers in bars in Patong, the famous entertainment and nightlife district in Phuket. But after over a month of this occurring under the radar, police have begun raiding and shutting down venues that have been bypassing the provincial order that bans the sale of alcohol. Bars on the famous Bangla Road have been selling alcohol to customers, many of whom are part of the Phuket Sandbox which has weathered […]
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Interesting topic, @King Cotton, thanks for starting it. I, like I think many other people, have spent a reasonably large amount of time pondering the issue(s) and likely will continue to do so far into the future. For the record, I am generally a 'Pro-Life' person, but also someone who has learned that 'Absolutes' are rarely a good thing; nuance exists for a reason.
A seriously committed Buddhist Monk might (repeat 'might') be able to have and implement a pure 'Right to Life' policy in both theory and practice, but I cannot. So, where/how does one draw a line? I have found my metric in the phrase "Your right to swing your fist ends when it hits my nose".
Like many other posters, I simply do not like to kill, period. I live in a small house and, when not using aircon, it is open on three sides including large double doors at the front, so I essentially live outside. Yes, I have an assortment of flying stuff buzzing about my place at any given moment, but as long as it doesn't try to build a nest of some sort (i.e.., reach my proverbial nose), I just let them 'buzz'. I occasionally get ants, but that is usually a matter of laziness on my part; when I get up off my ass and put food away/do the dishes, the ants go away as there is nothing to eat. I have geckos in my house, and am quite happy to have them for two reasons. First, I would rather have them than the things they eat, so 'chomp away' is my policy. Secondly, I spent some of my early, formative years in Indonesia's wild Eastern provinces where people believe that if geckos won't live with you, your house is cursed. I am not saying that I believe it, but prefer to have geckos... er... ahem... just in case. The rule of the thumb is that as long as anything is transient, it is welcome to a pitstop.
Will I swat mossies that are trying to bite me and suck my blood. Oh hell yeah. Will I stomp on cockroaches that crawl on me? Oh hell yeah. Will I 'Bug Bomb' any flying thing that tries to build a nest in my house (i.e.., on my proverbial nose)? Oh hell yeah. If a snake wanders into my house, will I remove it by any means necessary? Oh hell yeah.
I suspect that I am "normal" (whatever the hell that means) among, expats here, and reading the comments above just reinforces that.
One final point; this is the "Culture & Religion" section, yet no one mentioned abortion. I suspect it is a matter of time before that aspect of 'Right to Life' gets mentioned, and then the sparks will fly. I am a very strong 'Right to Life' person, yet also a very strong believer that old men cannot and should not tell women what to do with their own bodies.
Have a great day, everyone.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has indicated that Bangkok could re-open to international tourism from November 1, provided 70% of the population are fully vaccinated. The Bangkok Post reports that this is the first time the CCSA has used the November 1 date when discussing the re-opening of the capital. The original date given by the tourism ministry for re-opening Bangkok and certain parts of 4 other provinces was October 1. The other provinces are Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, and Sattahip), Phetchaburi (Cha-am), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) and Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Taeng, Mae Rim and Doi […]
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