We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Thailand is a great place to live, but it is not noted for governmental efficiency. It has a national government that many here would consider to be the very essence of "big government." Corruption remains a serious problem. Still, in the past the Thai government has taken steps to see that all of its citizens receive affordable health care, perhaps not always of top quality but still available. Those efforts have apparently paid off, and it should give Americans pause. Our health care system is incredibly expensive and hard to access for lower income folks, which facts have negative repercussions for all of us. If Thailand and numerous other countries around the world can figure this out, why can't we?