But have my 35 years as a teachers seen any real change (dare I say "growth"?) in human behavior in modern society? Allan Ginsberg's "Who Runs America" was published, as it happens, in 1974, the year I began my teaching career - but it aptly describes the current view from the suburbs of Bangkok - on a good day...
"Oil red dung colored smoke
level to level across the horizon
blue tainted sky above"
"Who Runs America? Alan Ginsberg, 3 Dec 1974"
Mali and our student poets suggest that a heartbeat of social conscience does indeed still resonate faintly within our materialistic, me-first, gadget-oriented and NIMBY-obsessed little souls - but talk (even poetry) is cheap. My personal decision to "walk the (environmental) talk" is the only way forward.
Watch for future notes about the resurrection of the "North Road Trading Post".