St. Thomas Aquinas: "Everything I have written seems like straw by comparison with what I have seen and what has been revealed to me."
Every few days the world turns, the poles shift, and I realize with a jolt that the certainties that formed the basis for my opinions were as worthless as straw. Unfortunately, unlike the good doctor at the end of his life, nothing new has been revealed to me. The quest for wisdom has been a bust!
But I digress. Thailand is not Kansas and I'm not Judy Garland. Most of my students are from elsewhere: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos. I put together a handout on the coup for our first class this term and many of them found it mystifying. Not that the governments where they come from are more democratic and less militaristic. There are no Switzerlands in Asia!