Since Tsunami stroke Japan, people around the world have been talking about the world running into its end. In Cambodia, people have had many discussions about the world, but the theme is quite consistent on the fact that the world is coming to its end. While young people are discussing that the moon is coming near to the earth, which could cause explosion, old-aged people are talking about Veal 3 and Pleung Chhes Karl, which are Buddha’s prophecies about the world. Respectively, the former says that a great number of people will die, and the latter says the world will go fiercely hot that all creatures including humans, animals and plants will die.
Personally, I find no appeal in both of the discussions because I have learnt from environment study that the world will surely be gone one day. This is scientifically proved based on human activities such as deforestation, CO2 emission to the atmosphere, and etc. According to ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore‘s campaign to widespread knowledge about Global Warming in the US and around the world, environmentally harmful human activities are leading the world to global ice melting, floods, storms, hurricanes, and finally the end.
Hearing people’s discussing the issues and looking into their eyes while they are doing so, I am really convinced that the end is coming. However, it is not end of the world, but positivity that I think is coming near, so near that I can strongly feel it. In their eyes, I can see a strong pattern of negativity, and from their mouth, I can hear a tone full of sorrows, pessimism and hopelessness. Examples of such negative words or behaviors are: ‘let’s spend all our money for the world is going to crash up’, ‘let’s party for their might not be tomorrow’, and etc. My mum, when I told her about the global warming thing, looked sad for the whole day.
The end of positivity in each individual is not a trivial thing for it affects behavior, attitude and productivity. While negativity should be combated, positivity should be enhanced, improved and intensified. Instead of pounding one another with negativity, people should begin to share with each other positivity, something that helps people to live more happily and peacefully.
Let me share with you my dad’s response towards negativity. When I told him about Global Warming, he—unlike my mum—said, and I quote “tell me the exact date that flood or Tsunami hits Phnom Penh, Cambodia. If you can’t tell me, stop talking and go to sleep”. “If all the people are supposed to die and I am one of them, I am happy. But, if I am the only one to die because of no money or negativity, I am not satisfied at all,” he added “stop worrying, go to work to earn more money, and do something to save the world”
Based on my daddy’s comment, I can tell how positive he is for himself and the world. Instead of helping my mum spreading negativity in the house, he stops it before it becomes a strong pattern in the house which may affect the attitude of all people in the house.
Before I end this, I want to share with you a quote I learnt 4 years ago as a sophomore “Tough times never last but tough people do” by Dr. Robert Schuller. So, breed in positivity in yourself and use it to win over the sense of negativity in or surrounding yourself.
“Tough times never last but tough people do” Dr. Robert Schuller.