Fighting Is Not the Answer
In June 2003, couple of my friends and I decided to go to Phi Phi islands right after we had graduated from high school. We stayed on the island for three days and partied every night. It was one of the best trips I had been to. But on the final day of our trip something occurred that changed my attitude forever.
On the last day Robin, Anand, Sukhin and me decided to party as if it was the last day of our lives. As Robin and I were drinking we suddenly heard two people quarreling and people rushing to the scene. As we reached the scene, I was surprised to see Sukhin and Anand were involved in a scramble with some of the local fishermen. Everyone was trying to end the problem when suddenly one of the fishermen pushed Sukhin and so he fought back. Instantly, everything turned ugly with punches flying everywhere. All the four of us were involved in the fight, because we were drunk tempers flared very easily. After some while some of the foreigners intervened. They tried to calm things down, but I couldn't stop shouting and verbally harassing them. This worsened the situation, and prompted the fishermen to come towards us. Some of them even had machetes in their hands. It seemed as a war was about to start, and if it did start then definitely there would be a lot of bloodshed. Suddenly a huge foreigner got hold of me and he told me to cool down.
He said "It is not worth it, you can fight all you want but remember they have nothing to lose, you guys are educated and please act as if you are educated".
Upon hearing this I didn't calm down right away but we decided to retrieve back to our huts after a lot of persuading from the middle men. As we walked back towards our huts, the words kept ringing in my ears. Once we reached we felt safe in our hut, but still we didn't want to take any chances and so we decided not to sleep.
The next morning when I woke up and had a clear conscience, I thought what ever that...