in the world is subject to change, both gradual and sudden, sometimes
by the forces of nature and sometimes at the hands of mankind. There
is both creation and destruction. In Thai society, from the past
to the present day, most people have yet to realize their potential.
They have suffered from a lack of participation in the thinking
and planning process and the knock-on effects of continual change.
Nowadays the world has entered an age of globalization and advanced
technology. Societies worldwide are in a state of confusion and
turmoil. The currents of change are swift and turbulent. The breaking
down of societies is more tempestuous still and it is all the harder
for most people to grasp or comprehend it. Yet in the midst of the
problems of change, or perhaps because of this change, there are
individuals who, dedicating their bodies and souls, throw everything
into a struggle to find solutions that benefit the people. They
stand and fight to overcome numerous obstacles, to let people free
themselves of these problems and go on to lead more creative lives.
These individuals are valuable seeds. They bring hope to us, to
the country and to the world. They are like rice seedlings which
try to take root, sprout forth, grow, put out new stalks and bear
grain, until these seeds are ready to become "bringers of hope",
nourishing people and society and giving tranquility to mankind.