—Plane Vs Tank Vs Submarine
Manziel and RGIII looking like they don’t want to get drafted by me.
Hi, my name is Lee Horton and I took this photo.
I posted this picture to my Instagram and Facebook back in May, this was well before I opened my tumblr account. Someone took it off my Facebook and posted it to tumblr where it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times. They did this without credit, but that’s not the thing that concerns me, what concerns me is that they shared it without a story.
In February 2014 I took an unscheduled backpacking trip to Thailand, I was having some personal problems and decided I needed to get some perspective. I did, 100%. There is nothing that can make your problems seem less significant than traveling to a country where the people would give anything to have JUST your problems instead of their own.
I almost didn’t take this photo because of the rawness it represents, many of you might not know that Thailand has some political unrest going on currently and that it’s not exactly the nicest place to live. Yes they have beautiful beaches and wonderful food and wonderful people, but there is a lot of poverty, a lot of pollution in their big cities and many many struggling people.
In Thailand you can be jailed for just speaking ill about the monarchy there. That’s what this photo represented to me, bravery. The guts it must have taken to paint this on a store front, the passion that person must have felt about their country and what was happening to it. Risked serious jail time to get their message across it was just wonderful to me.
This made me proud to be a human. Above all else it made me proud to live in a world where I can use my voice and not be silenced, well at least not jailed.
Please remember that you do not have to be ignorant to the goings on in your country. They will try to pull the wool over your eyes, they will make everything seem as boring as they can to distract you from what they are really doing. Taking your rights. Slowly, painfully slowly, but they are taking them. This is not meant to insight conspiracy talk, but for you to look past the things you distract yourself with in your area, and maybe focus on your city, your country, your home. We take for granted that we still have rights left. Be a beating heart, be a shouting voice.
Be a revolution.
Enjoy this extra wide original of my photo tumblr! And thank you for sharing it!!
Such a great story. Thank you, Lee.
I wish people wouldn’t talk to me in the morning.