The incapacity for self-reflection

31 08 2013

PPT has now had a chance to read English-language version of former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva’s The Simple Truth, which is a translation of his Thai-language book from several months ago. This account comes with a foreword by Abhisit’s  school chum Korn Chatikavanij, which is entirely laudatory and expresses a discernible personal affection for Abhisit. It was while reading the last few pages of the rather thin book that we saw this in The Nation:Abhisit Vejjajiva

The opposition Democrat Party is ready to hold talks with the prime minister’s representative on political reform, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

“I’m ready to talk with Banharn [Silpa-archa] if he contacts me. I will tell him the root cause of the problems which, in fact, have come from the government itself. And the government has to end the conflicts,” Abhisit said.

That Abhisit decides that he “will tell him [Banharn] the root cause of the problems” is no surprise as Abhisit is remarkably arrogant. His next claim that all problems “have come from the government itself” is a re-run of his book, where he blames everyone but himself for all problems. Abhisit seems unable to see himself in a mirror.

Of course, all governments are flawed in various ways. Some, like Abhisit’s, are more flawed than others. However, the incapacity for self-reflection means the potential for one to dangerously misrepresent their experiences to themselves.


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