YESTERDAY’S CHILDREN

Acharn Suphot is the Temple Warden.
Previously he was Headmaster
of the Temple School for thirty five years.

“In the past, for as long 
as anyone can remember,
 children studied the Code of Good Conduct.
Thirty years ago, the Government
 appointed a Christian
 as Minister of Education.
 Soon after that, the Code of Good Conduct
 was taken out of the schools.
 That has been the case ever since.”

What was wrong with the Code?

“Nothing. Listen.
A good person has proper respect.
A good person shouldn’t be noisy
   where others are peaceful.
A good person doesn’t use harsh language.
A good person has a sharing heart.
A good person doesn’t think only of himself.
A good person dresses respectably.
A good person isn’t aggressive with his words.
A good person doesn’t interfere in others’ affairs.
A good person respects all religious places.
A good person is respectful and polite to his seniors…
   You see? Things like that.”

These are Thai virtues. Buddhist virtues!

“Yes.”

And they produce a stable society?

“Exactly!”

(from BAMBOO LEAVES poetry in Thailand)

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