Songkran is fast approaching, and as we all know, this can be a dangerous time on the roads. The number of accidents and fatalities increase greatly. In addition, due to people getting drunk while playing Songkran, fights sometimes start and people get hurt. Realizing this, the “Moral Promotion Center”, no I have never heard of them either, have proposed the following seven values to make it a safer Songkran holiday.
- Discipline – Follow the rules underlined by society, such as Traffic Laws, safe driving within the speed limit, avoid crosscutting others. When using public transportation we must stand in line.
- Be patient – Avoid gambling, and tolerate anger from those who are drunk and others to avoid potential fights.
- Kindness – Show kindness, help and support one another
- Giving – Be sharing, be giving, and be helpful to others and the society, like offering seats to elders.
- Responsibility – Know one’s duties in society, to guarantee the safety of others. eg. Bus drivers, pilots.
- Consciousness – Know what one’s actions may lead to; not drinking while or before driving.
- Caution – Be careful in everything that we do, don’t do anything that may harm or injure yourself or others.
A number of these values mirror my own and is what made me fall in love with Thailand twenty years ago. Be considerate of others. Have a cool heart. Help those who are needy. But, for some reason, Songkran brings the worse out in some people. Maybe it is the heat. But, drunk driving, breaking road rules, and rage against others, shouldn’t be tolerated at any time.
What do you think about these values? Will it lead to a safer Songkran if everyone obeys them? Will everyone obey them? What other values do you think should be added to the list?
Source: National News Bureau & Public Relations