Doing Our Part For The World

by Patrick Liew on September 4, 2011

Many people have said that when you go to Cambodia, you must visit one of the ‘Killing Fields.’

I have been to Cambodia and back, but I did not visit any one of them.

One of the sites is only about 15 minutes away from my hotel.

The term ‘Killing Fields’ was popularized by a Hollywood movie. It is based on the experiences of two journalists, Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg.

It refers to many sites used by the Khmer Rouge regime to kill and bury their political opponents. It is estimated that more than 1.7 million people were killed out of a population of around 8 million.

The Khmer Rouge committed what Martin Shaw, an academician, described as ‘The Purest Genocide of the Cold War Era.’ They not only massacred the people but also virtually destroyed the country.

I love Cambodia and the wonderful people in this beautiful country. It pains my heart to see them suffer one of the worst tragedies in history.

I believe this heartless experience will motivate Cambodians to rise up to be a great nation. Together with the global community, Cambodians will do their part to promote and achieve world peace.

Humankind can rise to the highest level of love and compassion. We can also go down to the lowest level of hate and cruelty.

We have the capacity to create. We also have the capability to destroy.

In modern society, we are surrounded by material comforts. Yet, we are also saturated with emotional conflicts.

We have an explosion of knowledge, but we lack the wisdom to resolve our spiritual emptiness.

We have the technology to communicate with each other but we don’t know how to collaborate with one another.

We know what is right but we still do what is wrong.

We pursue quantity of possessions and not quality of our contributions.

We have been misled by hearts of greed. Meanwhile, souls cry out for love, peace and happiness.

We rape and pillage planet earth and wonder why she does not cow in silence.

In pain and sorrow, our planet cannot but manifests her hurts and scars through global warming, tidal waves, and earthquakes.

Yet, we sleep through the signs and signals. We continue our march down the slippery slope to destruction.

Today, humankind stands – one bomb away – from the brink of decimation.

Tomorrow, when the sun rises, I pray we will wake up to a new day. A new day of love, hope and optimism.

Our collective conscience must be awakened.

We must stretch out our hands not for more power or pleasure, but in compassion and cooperation to make our world a better home.

May our Creator have mercy on us and may we not continue to break His heart. May we allow His love to flow right through every part of our being and to every soul.

Together, let love saturate us as we fulfill our destiny for greatness.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Question: How can we do our part for the world?





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