Skip to comments.Giving (a 3-minute Thai commercial you'll really want to see)
Posted on 09/14/2013 5:34:39 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
The Thai telecommunications conglomerate True is getting rave reviews worldwide for its latest spot, "Giving," which tells the story of a man unexpectedly rewarded for a lifetime of good deeds he performed without expecting anything in return.
Beautifully done. Of course there is a place for generosity and it is person to person. Direct services.
100% agree. You don’t delegate compassion - especially to the politicians and bureaucrats.
You might like this.
The second post is just an image.
I would never in a million years remember it was an ad for a telecomm company, but it’s a great a video in broader sense.
I have been to Thailand and have many Thai friends. They are wonderful people.
But otherwise, excellent video.
That was so beautiful. I cried. This is what true giving and caring is all about. It’s not about being compelled by a government at the risk of incarceration, it’s about love and trust.
Yes, it was a nice commercial. But the idiots who vote will think that hospitals should give all of their services for free. Just how is that doctor going to pay for that procedure he erased from that man’s bill? Unless the doc had the money to pay for it and did so.
Exactly. If the poor need something, compassionate people should provide it directly to them. A local government can even be involved as long as it is in the direct services side. If the poor need medical services, for example, there should be a local free clinic where they can go and directly get health care.
Tax write-off. Publicity gesture. Explain it any way you want. But isn't it wonderful that this shared recognition of what "humanity" is, stretches across all of humanity?
You’ll like this!
When you impulsively give to somebody who is in dire need, you don’t expect to be praised for it. At the time you feel that it’s just the right thing to do. But eventually it comes back to you. That’s how you get your blessings.
Exactly right. "What goes around, comes around".
There are free clinics all over the USA where doctors freely volunteer their time and expertise to treat the indigent. And most of them are not run by the government, but by Christian and Jewish charities. But Obamacare is probably going to make them all illegal.
As I said elsewhere, I think all charity should be in the hands of individuals, families, and churches, churches, churches --- and nonprofits, philanthropies, fraternal groups, professional associations, community groups, trade organizations, foundations, and anybody other than the government.
The government has despoiled the Church of her proper role in society; and in doing so, has forced, lured, or seduced a huge class of human beings into a degrading state of perpetual dependency.
The evils that follow are almost intractable, unless one envisions the collapse of society itself as a cleansing episode. Our society has deep infection: infected to the bone.
But this video, I think, shows that people know the real deal when they see it: the real deal that comes from a compassionate heart.
Incredibly beautiful. Many times people have no idea how the good they do change lives. It was beautiful to watch the good come back to this man.
My understanding of the story was that the doctor who “wrote off” the bill in fact paid it out of his pocket.
He was the little thief whom the sick man rescued, paid for the medicines for the boy’s mother and sent him home with a bag of vegetable soup.
Read the subtitles: “All expenses paid for 30 years ago with three packs of painkiller and a bag of vegetable soup. Best regards, Dr. Prajak Arunthong”
That text begins at 2:06
This is a reflection of the Thai/Buddhist culture.
Great video. Thanks for posting.
Very nice! Thank you, Joe!
This is nonsense. The noodle shop owner should have handed his soup and money over to a government official. Then the pharmacy owner should have handed the medicine to the government official. Then the kids mom could have died while the government official tried to figure out what to do.
By the way, it's reportedly a true story. The framed pictures in the last few seconds of the video, show the real doctor.
well, lets not just enjoy this beautiful video, now shall we?
There are many doctors who do pro bono work all over the world.
Oh my, somebody get me a tissue!
I saw this earlier in an email. Like many other Thai / SE Asia commercials like it, they all make vision blurry.
Tagline is God's answer!
A hot discussion? Anyone arguing against it (the aforementioned possibility) is a complete moron.
aww, shoot! same for me-—
Now I'll go watch the video.
Those Thai people sure know how to pull the heart-strings!
Yeah, they do. I have lived in Thailand before. Very nice people. Among the most polite and friendly people I’ve ever come across, and it definitely has a lot to do with the predominant Buddhist culture there.
Not to mention, a very beautiful place. The conventional tourist areas have all the failings of a dysfunctional cosmopolitan area with too many foreigners, though.
Well, some people have, perhaps, a god with no empathy. A god made out of antigod matter, I suppose.
Consciously or subconsciously, the things we do are because they have a self-interest value, partly coded in genes (like how dogs vary in temperament with breed), partly enforced by a societal grouping that has provided survival advantage (compared to the lone-wolf alternative). A culture that fosters kindness is more likely to survive during times of hardship than one that doesn’t. Hence the reinforcement.
The bedouins are fanatically hospitable to strangers in the desert, for similar reasons. Reciprocity.
God is just a placemarker concept as far as I see, to give the above a descriptive form that one can pretend to relate to, or seek comfort in.
Tears in my eyes here.
Everything that God has communicated about Himself, he has had to teach by accommodation: that is, by adapting his message to our very limited ability to receive it.
I have been thinking a lot about this lately. May I tell you the gist of it?
I've been thinking that if a 4-year-old asked you "What is the sun?" you might respond, "It's a big ball of fire. When it comes up in the morning it gives us light, and heat, and the plants drink it in and it makes them alive. Then the sun goes down and you'll see it gets cold and dark."
Well, everything in that description is "wrong" in a literal sense: the sun is no ball of fire, which entails a rapid oxidative process; it's a thermonuclear hydrogen fusion reactor. And it doesn't come up in the morning, it's the earth that turns in relation to it... etc. etc.
And yet that's the only way you could have answered the 4-year-old's question, and it's over-all right, to the measure that the child has the capacity to receive it.
So everything we know about God, we know by virtue of His accommodation to us. It's all analogies. Analogies are not false, but when applied to God they are always more false than true, because God is infinite, and whatever we "capture" in an analogy, there is always an infinity that was not captured. No matter how large "n" may be,
The only way to grasp the whole of God, is by love, because love itself is infinite.
OK, now I've gone all mystical on ya. It's past my bedtime, I'll go sleep it off! G'night, James, and God bless you.
Well I did enjoy it. Thank you. I was just saying that some of the comments I read on FB, where I first saw the video, the 47 percent were well represented.
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And Yasmin Ahmed's (the producer of the ads) behind-the-scenes extra on the Funeral ad:
Be sure to check them out!
Thank you so much for these Youtube links, James. Amazingly touching.