The Nation


Letters to the Editor

Words can never hurt you

Surely few would disagree with one of the NCPO's main objectives, that of restoring peace and order to Thailand. So far the signs and actions have been positive.

Sticks and stones have been found and confiscated and those who would wield or throw them are being dealt with appropriately. Words, however, spoken or written, are another matter. Mature individuals know that words cannot hurt them provided they are delivered politely and respectfully. They may, however, hurt mentally if the words ring true. The public has the ability and smarts to separate the wheat from the chaff and see through the bias, political or otherwise, of what is published in the press or seen on TV and to choose for themselves what to believe. But they absolutely have the right to see and hear what others think regardless that they may totally disagree with what is said or seen. This fundamental freedom is a cornerstone of the path to a true democracy.

Chris Kaye

Chon Buri

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