Opinion: In Perserverence, may we find commonality and hope

In 1968, the world was seemingly at a crossroads. Political assassinations, wars, and revolutions brought about uncertainty to an already chaotic world. In Europe, the Prague Spring took place and the hope brought about by the intellectuals in Czechoslovakia was quickly crushed by the Soviet Union. In South East Asia, the Vietnam war was reaching a crescendo with body counts rising and the war of attrition reaching all time highs.

The Cultural Revolution in China was also underway and the suffering it brought saw no limits and no end. In the west, a different cultural revolution was afoot, with long hair and free love attitudes challenging long-held traditional belief. It seemed, at the time, that the world was on fire.

But then, Apollo 8 took the cover picture from the far side of the moon.

It was the first time that a photograph of earth was taken from that distance. And from that distance the trivial problems of one group of humans on one side of the planet had with another group of humans on the other side of the planet seemed so minuscule. The cultural impact of the photograph cannot be underestimated.

Fast forward to 2021 and we once again are faced with a chaotic and uncertain world. The United States is growing through a transition, the pandemic continues to ravage the world and its economy, and the threat of extremism threatens around every corner.

Yet yesterday, NASA landed a SUV-sized Rover on Mars.

And perhaps we will find that the problems we face today are solvable and that our differences our minute.


Daily Covid-19 number falls to 72

Thailand found 72 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, officials said Thursday. The daily number has been...

Latest article

Manufacturing dips as pandemic persists, but beats forecast

Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in January dipped by 2.8 per cent year-on-year as the Covid-19 outbreak impacted domestic activity, the Office of Industrial...

Daily Covid-19 number falls to 72

Thailand found 72 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, officials said Thursday. The daily number has been below 100 for a week,...

TISCO jumps more than 6 per cent on dividend news

Shares of TISCO Financial Group (TISCO) gained 6.09 per cent to 95.75 baht, with a transaction value of 1.16 billion baht, after it announced...

The Siamese Satirist: The Wuhan Virus probably started in Denmark

Having investigated the origins of the Covid-19, scientists from across Asia are now saying that the pandemic probably originated from the European Country of...

Poetry: Ozymandias

In a faraway, makeshift land- a ruler sits on a throne of teak.A throne, ancient by his own command, - carved out by scholars,...

Danish virologist defends media comments that Chatuchak could be birthplace of Covid-19

Danish virologist Thea Fischer has defended comments that she made to a Danish media outlet that the Covid-19 virus could have originated in Chatuchak...