An interesting article ๙ ศาสตรากับคุณความดี ๕ ประการในโครงการ โตไปไม่โกง or 9 Satra with 5 virtues of the Growing Good Programme written by Latte Phichayakorn Ueauaichai (D Block).
9 Satra or The Legend of Muaythai: 9 Satra is a Thai animated film. It tells the story of Aod, a young man who’s been ingrained with a duty to train in muay Thai for many days and nights for many years so to be able to retrieve 9 Satra, a special armor, to save Rapthep City from monstrous giants. Along the journey, he befriends a monkey, a giant and a Chinese pirate girl, his father, his teacher, who all join him on his adventure.
According to the animation story, Latte found moral character traits from the charecters in 9 Satra which are perfectly match with The “Growing Good” programme which is organized by Bangkok province, Center for Public Interest and Civil Society: National Institute of Development Administration NIDA and Fact Foundation. The programme aims to empower Thai youths by teaching them about social values and ethics in order to fight corruption. The content covers the five virtues which are 1. Honesty and Integrity 2. Greater Good (Public consciousness) 3. Fairness and Justice 4. Responsibility and Accountability 5. Sufficiency and Moderation, and these help to build a nation.
“In the human body, there are approximately 37 trillion cells, working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, full of energy.” —’Cell at work’
This anime can help you understand more intuitively about how various cells function in your body, and the anthropomorphic image makes it much more entertaining as well. Science is the foundation of cell personification, but if you blindly pursue perfect knowledge to be taught, it will make people feel that the information is forcibly instilled into their brain and so the sense of preaching is way too heavy. When this is the case, a moderate combination of fantasy on the basis of science is perfect, giving the cells different personalities. They become cute, which focuses on both rigorous science and romantic fantasy.
Take platelets as an example, the designed petite body can stimulate people’s desire to protect them. The innocence and cuteness are expressed in details such as vocal speech, facial expressions, and body movements which is further interpreted as “Cute is Justice”. So when the platelets in the “Cell at work : Black” became grumpy due to the bad working environment (it’s inside the human body, which means that it happens when the body is weak and sick), they’re called “Platelet boss”, which forms a great contrast with the image of platelets in the first season. Since the direct translation of Platelets are ‘Little platelets’. The contrast has formed a type of unique cuteness, which is deeply loved by the audience.
At the same time, you will also have a new understanding of your body. The cells in your torso don’t care about your exam results, they only care about whether you stay up late, have a healthy diet, or if you are in a good mood. There are so many cells in the body working hard for you and the quality of your life, so it’s inadequate for us to hurt our own body. No matter when, health is always a very important aspect.
In January this year, the series came to an end. The last episode concluded with a battle between the cells and Covid 19. This informs us that now, at this time, is a very necessary moment to pay attention to your own physical health. I think the significant meaning of “Cell at work” has far surpassed the entertainment part of the anime. Even if “Cell at work” has finished, don’t forget to always be grateful for the cells in your body by loving yourself and your body.
Excerpt from an interview with Wang Xiaobo in 1992:
Q: “Do you think that there are two ways of thinking, one is Eastern and the other one is Western? Can you distinguish, or do you think this statement is just nonsense?
A: “I think it’s real nonsense, real nonsense. Generally speaking, the way of thinking of the East is very different from the one of the West, but this type of statement itself is concealing something, concealing something undignified. We’re actually all the same species, how can there be different ways of thinking”?
Q: “Does your novel contain some black humour”?
A: “Definitely, but I think it’s real black humour, because there were some historical periods in China that were the periods of black humour… But if you’d lived in this black humour, that kind of sense of humour would be gone, and you could only have it when it (the time of black humour) passed”.
Q: “What do you think of Chinese religion”?
A: “This question is quite difficult, because it is… because China has been educating traditional culture about Confucianism for a long time… In fact, it’s not even a religion, there’s no comparison (with Western religion) anyway, and it’s the same now. It’s not as formal as religion, though also very much like religion instead of a pure culture… I think I’ve compared (these two), the forms are still the same. Just like Western Christianity, or some other religion, is to provide a purpose of life, then let you live according to this way. As for Chinese Confucianism, it provides a way of life but no purpose… That’s the characteristic of Confucianism… China itself is like a Confucian country, where life does not need a purpose but a way of living and that’s enough… I think religion is good overall, it does have the effect on educating people and helping people… I think the point is not its function, it should be that it provides a purpose for life and that is the main point of religion. I’m not religious, so I don’t know if I’m right”.
My childhood was always great, I seriously don’t know where to start. There are way too many happy things in my childhood. I have so many good memories. I couldn’t believe I’m already 14 years old. Time actually flies. I always wonder what I will do when I grow up, and what kind of people I will meet. I’m no longer that playful kid anymore. When I get older I always ask myself why I want to grow up. Being a child is great. We don’t have to worry about things that I have to deal with today, and I never worry about what kind of person I will be when I grow up. Life is always difficult, and you have to go through it. In order to succeed it requires time and experience. All my time was wasted in my childhood. If we can do it again, I will try my best. When I was young, I was ignorant, playful, lazy, and thought my parents were annoying. When I was little, I took piano lessons and dancing lessons. It’s not terrible. But I was just lazy and selfish and felt very tired when I was a child. I can finally understand my parents and how hard they tried to raise me, I felt terrible how I treated them. If I can do it again, I will not disappoint my parents. But there is no if. And this story taught me to work 10times harder than before to get the life I wanted.
People often say that teenagers are in the flowering stage of life, and they belong to the good years of young people. I remember a celebrity once said: “No one wants to be an ordinary person when they are young. No matter how ordinary a person is, they shouldn’t be inactive. Even if they have never been on the soccer field or on the stage, they have at least encountered ups and downs, even if they fail, even if they get injured, they will not give up the opportunity to accomplish their dreams.” As youths, we may not be able to control many things by ourselves. Even though we are lonely and tired, we must continue to be strong. Youths are ignorant yet fearless , and young minds are persevering and determined.
I don’t think young people should stick to this little patch of sky. They should stand higher and farther to see what the world is like. They live, gleaming in this magnificent age, and youth is full of hope. The journey of life is scorching, but the future is shining brightly. Teenagers should be brave enough to head forwards, run forward, don’t look back.
During the period when I returned to China, I often talked with my friends about my ambitions. One day we were riding bicycles together on the campus of Tsinghua University. We filled our hearts with initiative. Strong youths make a strong country. At this moment, our bodies are filled with energy. We decided to start taking big steps towards our dreams. When the youth work hard, they live up to their time! I believe that at some point In the future, I can say tranquilly; “I have been here, I have no regrets, I am happy.” Don’t leave regrets, for the sake of our youth and dreams, teenagers, work hard!
Time is like a horse passing by, so it’s fleeting. You lose it before you have time to cherish it. Looking back, there were only some beautiful memories, which makes us linger on to them.
What made me truly feel that time was changing was my return to China on this occasion. Because of Covid, I did not return to China for a whole year, nor did I meet with my mother for a whole year. When I first saw her as I returned to China, I felt an emotion that I had never come across before. It was very complicated. It contained wistfulness and happiness, but I think it was more melancholy. My mother is nearly sixty, but I never felt that she was old before, because she always takes care of everything alone, washing and cooking…. she has never complained about being tired or not, and even gave me the illusion that she will never grow old, but this time as I saw her, looking at her face for a long time like i’ve never seen it before, wrinkles, age spots, these traces of time appeared one by one on her face, like I don’t even know her anymore! Can one year, just one year, really bring such a big change to a person? Even if I want to deny it, a living example is right in front of me. At that moment, I admitted with a sigh that she really was old. This emotion filled my heart. I wanted to cry, but no tears wanted to flow down.
Maybe every kid had slowly learned to understand and tolerate. Understanding that people will eventually grow old, and to tolerate that everyone will change.
In the second week after returning to China, the head teacher in my prep school called everyone in our class and our parents to organize a reunion party. I was very excited at first, but when I got there, everyone sat on their chairs silently, checking each other out, and when their eyes met, they just smiled awkwardly. Occasionally I would provoke some topic, but it ended very quickly as we just can’t carry on the conversation anymore. I was very upset, thinking that they have all changed, but are they really the ones who changed? When I walked into the restaurant, their parents said that I had changed, become taller, and become more handsome. At first, I sneered, thinking that it was just a polite remark, but slowly I realized that maybe I really did change. But It’s not just getting taller or more handsome…
I have rarely contacted them since then because everyone will change with time, will become different, and time also will change along with us.
We are young, with simple but hot hearts, heading for the far reaches of our dreams. With our goals in mind, we are happy to face a mountain of schoolwork.
The moon is in the sky, the stars are in the sky, we are at our desks, we are writing.
“Well, exam season. “Get down because I’m tired, avoid because it’s hard, give up because I’m tired. Picking the light to read at night, just to finally blossom in the exam room. The bright light that shines at the bottom of my heart is hope, like the stars in the sky, dazzling and unreachable, like a vast version of the universe, which cannot be privately owned but can be hosted in the ideal of pursuit.
I walked out into the garden, sat on a bench and watched as every house was lit up. Thinking of the holiday before you entered university, you said: “We are now forced by time to stumble forward, Refined to make us engraved in the heart of the strong, all the efforts we make will make us better people, your current efforts and preparations are all precipitation and accumulation, they will come at a special point in time in the future to help you and explode with great power. One day, you will know that your hard work will prove itself. There is still glory on the other side, and your future efforts will show you that there are many good things worth pursuing in the distance; may you never lose faith and be your own light and hope”.
I knew, at that very moment, that I finally understood the true meaning of this passage. So go forward, don’t be afraid, all the seemingly insignificant days and weeks now will one day show me the meaning of perseverance.
There are too many partings in a lifetime, time will never allow us to start over, and destiny will always make us unable to escape.
25/7/2018 changed my view of the whole world. When I was young, I could never empathize with life and death in fictional stories. I always felt that they were far away from me. It wasn’t until my grandfather, who watched me grow up left us forever, that made me feel the sad of human weakness for the first time.
On the evening of the incident, we had dinner at grandpa’s house and discussed our schedule for the next day, but in the tranquility of dawn, he passed away without warning. Mother told me that even if grandpa was in the hospital, there was no way to rescue him, since the doctor could not find the cause of his illness, a strong sense of helplessness surged into my heart. The sudden incident gave it a fatal blow. Because of the fear inside me, I did not go to his viewing. At night I was lying in bed, looking at the ceiling, lost in thought- I was never afraid of falling when I was just learning to walk, because I knew that grandpa would always have my back; when my mother scolded me, rushing to grandpa was always the first thought in my brain; gobang, go, chess, poker… These skills were all taught to me by grandpa; when I learned to ride a bicycle, he scraped his leg in order to protect me; grandpa wore reading glasses every day, happily playing cards with his friends, and earnestly grabbing red envelopes on his phone. It’s really cute; and the fact that I accidentally called him by his full name when I was ignorant and little. My mother said that she would always get scolded for doing that by grandpa when she was little, however my grandfather just laughed. He told me it was okay. Thinking of this, my eyes blurred. The past is still vivid, and I always felt that my grandfather was still by my side, but slowly, I discovered that my grandpa would never come back again, and that grandpa who spoiled me would never be there. I just knew that that night was a farewell. On the surface, time slowly calmed down my longing for my grandfather, but whenever I saw an old man who was about the same age as my grandpa, whenever I encountered difficulties, I would think of that kind old man. Now, I really regret not cherishing my time with him enough. There are always times in my memory that I want to make up for.
It’s easy to part ways but it’s hard to meet again. I became the exception, and you will always be the only one in my heart.