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I read this quote yesterday on Twitter. It is about the flooding in Thailand and Bangkok. Read it very carefully, a few times, and think deeply about what it means or what it could mean. Make a comment to explain your thinking.

“It seems we are protecting the homes of people who could afford to have them fixed, and sacrificing the homes of people who will lose everything.”

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  1. November 4, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I think it means that we are protecting the rich people’s home even though they can fix it later, and not protecting the poor people’s home that could lose everything because of the flood.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Do you think this is really happening? What makes you think that?

  2. November 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I think it means we are caring more about the rich than the poor and we are caring more about the people who can take care of themselves rather than helping the helpless.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Why do you think we care more about the rich than the poor?

  3. Stefan
    November 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I think this quote means that: we are protecting the homes of the rich even though they can afford to fix it themselves and while we’re busy protecting them we sacrificing the homeless.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 4, 2011 at 10:58 am

      What evidence is there in the media that this happening? Can you find anything about it?

  4. Billy
    November 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

    First of all that is a great quote and second of all it is complicated.

    I think it means we are protecting people when they sometimes do not need to be protected, for example protecting someone because they think something will happen that is really unlikely to happen in our every day lives.

    But if it is connecting to the flood which it is it means that we need to let the flood go every where because the rich people can afford a new house if it gets flooded or go to another country. It means that we should just let the flood go every where because the poor people will have no house and will not be protected! The poor have harder lives because they do not have the money to move or replace there possessions and the are loosing their jobs because of the impact of the flood. Their lives are far more fragile than ours.

    We are protecting the wrong people we should be protecting the poor but of course it is all about the PROFIT.

    Cheers,

    Billy

    • Mr. Sam
      November 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

      I love your sentence – “their lives are far more fragile than ours”.

      Can you explain a little more what you mean by “it is all about the PROFIT”?

  5. Zola
    November 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I think it means that we are only protecting the people that can afford to fix up the mess but we are not protecting the people that are to poor to afford to fix there houses.

    I think thats is really unfair. Just because they can’t afford it doesn’t mean they don’t need help.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Why does the quote say that the richer places are being protected? How is that being done?

  6. November 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I think it means that we are protecting and helping the riches and is leaving the people who really need help. I think this because at the first line it says, “It seems we are protecting the homes of people who could afford to have them fixed” so, I thought it meant they are protecting people like us, or more richer than us who could actually help themselves.”sacrificing the homes of people who will lose everything.” This shows me that we are not helping the people who really actually need help.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Actually, many people are helping them,. However, a lot of people are unhappy that Bangkok is being protected – as much as possible – from the flooding but the poorer farming areas outside the city are not.

  7. 19vint
    November 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I disagree with everyone’s opinion, and so does my mom. The quote means that we are sacrificing the homes of poor people to help the rich, but it must be done, and according to Yingluck there is no other way. Sacrifices must be made to maintain peace and happiness.I found a quote from the and the U.N.(they said this a long time ago): ” Every well-disposed citizen of every state should be ready to undergo any sacrifice in order to maintain peace.” Everyone is blaming the government, who can take action, while they are trying their best to stop the flooding crisis. As some people would say, it is a matter of perspective; The government is trying their best to help, which they think is good, but the villagers and rural are people think that it is not enough.
    I noticed something interesting, though: “It seems we are protecting the homes of people who could afford to have them fixed” is part of the quote, and nowhere does it say that “we are only protecting the homes of the rich”, but the others are saying that we are “protecting the homes of the rich”. My family can have our home fixed, and we’re not rich. Most people can have their home fixes, and you don’t have to be rich to get your house fixed, but money will be necessary to buy basic materials to build. It depends on your financial support and budget, and how good you want your house to be, Super-Perfect mansion or just normal.

  8. Mr. Sam
    November 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I think you raise some interesting points, Vin. The main accusation being made by people who live outside Bangkok is that the government is protecting inner Bangkok from flooding and, because of that, the people who live outside Bangkok are suffering. This is making the assumption that everyone who lives in inner Bangkok is rich – which is, of course, not true!

    However, it does seem to be true that the main priority is to prevent inner Bangkok from flooding. Why do you think it is so important to do that?

    • 19vint
      November 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      The government wants to protect the economy, so we can build up money to protect and save the flooded regions, as most of Thailand’s money is made in Bangkok, at least 40 percent of it.

  9. Yasmin :0
    November 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I thought about it very carefully, and that quote is true because we are protecting our homes but we are not helping the people that have most of the flooding/water around them.

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