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Breaking the nation's moral bankruptcy

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Not everyone is cut out to become a fascinating, world-changing leader who gets interviewed by The New York Times, but that doesn't mean they don't bring anything to the table. I know I am just another person, but I try to be more than a lump who changes oxygen into carbon dioxide. With that said, I want to offer the reader something of value, rather than taking the easy way out and ranting about getting bitten by a dog the other day. 

But in a nation as undisciplined as Thailand, asking people to uphold morals of any sort almost seems like asking if lions can become vegetarians. It's difficult when everyone around you is playing dirty; if you don't as well, you'll get behind in the rat race. Being me-deep in a society concerned with a what's-in-it-for-me mindset, it can be easy to choose the dark side, where all the cookies are.

It appals me every time I think about the statistics released in 2011 showing how almost 70% of people here were OK with corruption if the country prospers.

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