My story is about the King of Thailand and why he means so much to the Thai people, including myself. To give the story context, back in 1955 during the country’s dry season, Thailand suffered a massive drought of disastrous consequences. For the first time, the country fell to knees, prey to an unimaginable famine. To alleviate the situation, the king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, tirelessly studied and experimented with artificial rainmaking techniques that resulted in the successful Royal Rain project of 1969.
I chose to tell this historical moment through the metaphorical eyes of a blind man. Even though the man could not see the King, nor could he picture him through the photographs that customarily hung in each Thai household, he was able to “see” the King’s kindness. Like a fable, I want to remind people that we should, every once in a while, remember to visualize with our hearts. The blind man did not love the King because of his status, his appearance, or his wealth, but because of what he did to help his people. In contrary to blind faith, and blind love, this was a visual story about a man who judged with his eyes wide open.