Today marks one of the saddest days in Thailand: our King, after 70 years on the throne (the world's longest-reigning monarch) has passed away at the age of 88. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is very loved by the entire nation.
To others, this may sound like some twisted propaganda but the people's love for King Bhumibol is for several good reasons. Not only was he the figure that united the nation which has suffered through multiple political crises, he was known to be one of the most humble man. He has done more good to the country than any politician/public figure has ever talked or campaigned about. It's a shame that his most active years were times long before things like the Internet and social media became so integrated in our daily lives that several of his projects and innovations have gone under the international media's radars (while political violence, for example, is much juicier news unfortunately.) If you read more about his sacrifices and pioneering work in agriculture and education, his passion for solving environmental problems in Thailand, or his love for jazz and music composition that has inspired millions, it should come as no surprise to why this loss has shaken the entire nation.
Today I stopped by Harvard Square, home to His Majesty's birth place, to pay my respects for not just my King, but a man I truly looked up to for his keen intellect, creativity, and selflessness.
I'm truly honored to have grown up with a king that is so loved by his people for his humbled personality, hard work, and dedication. Rest in peace, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. You have been loved and will always be.
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