Free-Speech Fridays

So I have been feeling really claustrophobic online recently.

In light of my new endeavours, I have found that I have to censor myself a lot. A lot of the things I would normally say freely on facebook and even on this blog, I can no longer say because they might offend the wrong someone. If you know me personally – and by that I mean, if you have ever been on the wrong end of my frustration – you know that I don’t mince words.

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Life, death and a stack of stones

rock stacks in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Stacks of rocks in Phataem, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Yesterday I went adventuring in Ubon Ratchathani, the Thai province in which I have been living for the past 8 months. We saw many beautiful natural phenomena (see my facebook page for pictures) and it was amazing. At almost every location I noticed these stone structures pictured right. I asked my Thai friend about them and she explained that the stones were stacked there by Thai persons, the belief being that if your stack of stones remained standing for a long time then you would live for a long time. But if your stack somehow fell over, you were going to die soon.

It is amazing how across, culture and race and continent, there seems to be a common aim to somehow control death or at least the timing of it. Continue reading