The Ugly Truth of Our Society
Social disparity, or the wide gap between social statuses in Thailand has flawed the society greatly because it has differentiated people leaving rooms for discrimination and resentment.
Which restaurant you dine at, how one dresses, which school one attends has become- although exceedingly superficial, the definition of which social status ones belong or pretend to belong to. This is especially true among the youths and social media users where photos of brand name products or expensive lifestyles attract false praises and envies from those people who are less “capable” of enjoying a more “worth showing” lifestyle. Some even went as far as spending all they have for a high-end brand product for a mere purpose of upgrading themselves. And this is where the problem lies.
Dave Ramsey, the writer of The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness said that, “we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”
This unfortunate mindset has formed a materialistic society and to be able to keep up with the flow can be a huge challenge for a great number of people. Failing to be a part of the group not only means the lost of the sense of belongingness, but also a shame of one’s very own identity. The struggle to be accepted and the superficial climb towards a higher social status spread across and left people unsatisfied and disappointed with what they have and whom they are.
How, then, are we to represent the values of our generations when we are defined by such superficiality?