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#MIM-30 Forwarding The Royal Footsteps

Posted : 06/12/2017
#MIM-30 Forwarding The Royal Footsteps
When I was a kid, I was taught by my parents and teachers to love His Majesty King Bhumibol. At that time, I was too young to understand or question why should I? As I grew up, I have seen many royal duties through televisions and newspapers; heard of his capabilities and interests that ranged from music, sports, arts to science and technology. Just like many people of my age, I love and respect him a lot, and I know he has done so much for Thai people. However, it was somewhat superficial. I honestly did not know much about any royal project; not until I visited “Doi Angkhang” during 19-21 November 2017.
 
One full year after 13 October 2016, I had heard many stories about the late King, which made me start to question myself “Really? Why should one person dedicate his whole life to do all these great things for other people?”  At Doi Angkhang, the first royal agricultural station founded by King Bhumibol, I met many people who have seen and involved in the royal projects from the very first day when all the hills were covered with opium, and people did slash-and-burn and shifting cultivation to sustain their lives.  We talked to a lot of hill tribe people and asked why they stopped growing opium.  They said 30 years ago, growing opium was the only option they had, but now growing crops for the royal project is a better option which is not only legal but also makes more money.
 
Behind such simple answer, I see a very persistent effort and dedication decade after decade of one person.  Behind every tree and flower that made up beautiful scenery of Doi Angkhang today, I see the pouring sweat of one person.  Behind the peace and smiles of people today, I see million footsteps of one person who worked so hard and never gave up to keep the promise that he would reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of his people.
 
After coming back from the trip, I try to answer the question I have had to myself earlier: why should one person sacrifice all his life for other people? The only reason I could think of is because it is purely an unconditional love from one person who has the kindest heart.  Nevertheless, a new question I still could not find an answer is how big could one heart be to have such an endless love for 70 million people plus?
 
Today, if someone asks me why do I love King Bhumibol, I would simply reply how can I not love someone with the kindest heart and compassion; someone who had such strong and persistent efforts over 70 years to help people he did not even personally know; someone who literally had rightful power to do anything but chose to be so humble, generous and selfless; someone who had lived his whole life working without any annual or sick leave for more than 4,500 projects, and none of them was for the sake of himself at all.  How can I not love him?
Juthamas Lertchuwongsa MIM-30
When I was a kid, I was taught by my parents and teachers to love His Majesty King Bhumibol. At that time, I was too young to understand or question why should I? As I grew up, I have seen many royal duties through televisions and newspapers; heard of his capabilities and interests that ranged from music, sports, arts to science and technology. Just like many people of my age, I love and respect him a lot, and I know he has done so much for Thai people. However, it was somewhat superficial. I honestly did not know much about any royal project; not until I visited “Doi Angkhang” during 19-21 November 2017. 

One full year after 13 October 2016, I had heard many stories about the late King, which made me start to question myself “Really? Why should one person dedicate his whole life to do all these great things for other people?”  At Doi Angkhang, the first royal agricultural station founded by King Bhumibol, I met many people who have seen and involved in the royal projects from the very first day when all the hills were covered with opium, and people did slash-and-burn and shifting cultivation to sustain their lives.  We talked to a lot of hill tribe people and asked why they stopped growing opium.  They said 30 years ago, growing opium was the only option they had, but now growing crops for the royal project is a better option which is not only legal but also makes more money. 

Behind such simple answer, I see a very persistent effort and dedication decade after decade of one person.  Behind every tree and flower that made up beautiful scenery of Doi Angkhang today, I see the pouring sweat of one person.  Behind the peace and smiles of people today, I see million footsteps of one person who worked so hard and never gave up to keep the promise that he would reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of his people. After coming back from the trip, I try to answer the question I have had to myself earlier: why should one person sacrifice all his life for other people? The only reason I could think of is because it is purely an unconditional love from one person who has the kindest heart.  Nevertheless, a new question I still could not find an answer is how big could one heart be to have such an endless love for 70 million people plus? 

Today, if someone asks me why do I love King Bhumibol, I would simply reply how can I not love someone with the kindest heart and compassion; someone who had such strong and persistent efforts over 70 years to help people he did not even personally know; someone who literally had rightful power to do anything but chose to be so humble, generous and selfless; someone who had lived his whole life working without any annual or sick leave for more than 4,500 projects, and none of them was for the sake of himself at all.  How can I not love him?

Juthamas Lertchuwongsa (MIM-30)

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