Thai Goes...To the Manchester United Scooter
Thai Goes is an ongoing journal from my two-week Doctor of Ministry residency in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in January. The focus of the learning cohort was to experience and study the intersections of faith and global development.
In Chiang Mai, between the Holiday Garden Hotel and D' Days, a neighborhood family restaurant serving Thai comfort food, I stumbled upon this pretty red scooter. Do not be deceived: the Devil takes many forms.
Given my allegiance to Arsenal FC, I had every right to give this piece of crap a swift kick. Or, at least, to pick it up and throw it over the wall. In the end, I chose self-restraint for any or all of the following reasons...
- Not everything that feels right is, morally speaking, right.
- It truly seemed like the most Buddhist thing to do.
- Being a good guest in the world is greater than being a volatile American.
- Continuing a study program is more desirable than doing time in a Thai prison.
- The scooter is not the issue, Dude. (See: The Big Lebowski.)
- Soccer violence is so very cliche.
- Ultimately, you can't buy class.