Taoist mythology, Lanna history, mythology, the nature of time and other considered ramblings

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Author of many self-published books, including several about Thailand and Chiang Rai, Joel Barlow lived in Bangkok 1964-65, attending 6th grade with the International School of Bangkok's only Thai teacher. He first visited ChiangRai in 1988, and moved there in 1998.

Friday, September 03, 2010

What we think we decide

Manners, mannerisms, and sense of relative standing are much more important to us than beliefs we can declare. Beliefs are of secondary importance, especially in terms of initiating behavior, to automatic responses. The actions of those who “believe” in human equality will belie that “belief”; those who most treasure, and strive for, honesty, will yet readily discard it in preference for a “white lie” to protect the feelings of someone they cherish. The opinions and judgments of one who has offended us, no matter how spot-on correct, can be very hard to accept. We do not decide all that we think we do.



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