Knowledge Dissemination: A Never Immortal Path
by Lay Vicheka
Why life? What is the purpose of life-existence, if just live and will die one day? And we even don't know when the end of our life is. I have my own philosophy: "Everything must have its own motive"; this means that we live for one or more things. Prem Rawat stated that we live to fulfill our thirst and this makes us feel good. We are thirsty for water, due to our physiological desire, but this thirst has its beginning and end, we are hungry for food, and this hunger has its instigation and end, moreover hunger will hurt us if we eat too much. Life is not any easy thing, if we place ourselves in the rational pattern.
To me there is only one way to be immortal: "sharing your knowledge, skills and other potential awareness". Thanks a lot to talesofasia.com that is one of my prominent means for immortality. I would put “Sharing knowledge, skills and other potential awareness" into different words, since I think these three words have different meanings and connotations. It (the three: knowledge, skills and potential awareness) refers to a path that has a beginning, but has no end, a hunger that always has sustainable improvement into the next and next generation, a thirst that will never hurt you or contain virus and a mean to bring countless positive consequences. I am using too imaginative terminology? May be yes, but because I think that life is difficult and it takes time to understand our lives.
Let me just bring very simple examples, by asking you a question: are we better than the one deceased like Nou Harch (Cambodian), Chourn Nart (Cambodian), John Lock, Plato, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Mother Theresa, etc. No, absolutely not. We are living, but we are not worth than those already deceased. We are not respected than those already died. Those people, as I already mentioned above, have eternally brainwashed me and other academic persons. So why these people seem greatly socially active, but in fact, they have long passed away? One answer that I can find is "they share their knowledge". During their living era, they always shared their knowledge and I even think that, they tried to share every of their knowledge contained in their minds. This is, I have versioned, their immense way to be immortal.
Cambodia, until today, still lacks of human resource, since knowledge sharing is not paid a particular attention. One of the most important ways for human development is though self-expression. But to me, self-expression seems very far away from Cambodian people; young and old alike. Another reason is that self-expression has been thought as a dangerous business and unprofitable. So if these are the obstacles, what are we living for? It is time for Cambodia to start knowledge sharing, mostly amongst the academic activists (students, professors and other private and public employees).
What are the ways of sharing knowledge? There are many methods regarding sharing knowledge such as, teaching, but for me, the most important strategy for sharing knowledge, skills and experience is "publication". Today, due to modern technology, we have much potential to share knowledge, skills and experience; Internet, periodicals and publishing books.
Cambodia is lacking behind other regional countries and the world in term of publication and this is one of the reasons that make Cambodia lack of genuine professionals. There are many publications in Cambodia, but nearly all of them relate to total entertainment, sexual provocation, stars, fashion, cosmetics, ornament, eating and drinking. I do not oppose these relaxation-publications, but I can't totally accept these. I haven't seen any academic periodicals/groupings. I have heard some about academic periodicals and groupings, but these are too weak in term of finance and readers; far behind other entertainment magazines.
Another reason that undermines publication is that because government pays evilly little attention to intellectual property. How can a writer have incentive to write, if her/his original work is prevalently copied without asking for her/his permission? She/he takes three months, six months, one year, five years to write a book, but as the repercussion, only one copy of her/his book can be sold and illegally and pervasively copied. Moreover, the next writer never uses the reference to the original writer. This makes the original writer loss her/his identity and achievement.
Government should (must even better) instigate incentives for reading, through national or private televisions, schools, universities and the government offices themselves. Media should play integral part in educating the public, but because of education is not profitable like the business, knowledge sharing is seen as nonsense. Who would bear the gravest consequence? Government must be more comfortable if they don't have to advise their citizens too much, because most of their citizens are educated.
"Every path has its end and won't be eternal. Educational path has no doom and always demands betterment"
Coined by Lay Vicheka, (2005)
Other of My Publications
OTHER OF MY PUBLICATIONS
The Rasmei Kampuchea Daily (Cambodian Press)
- How To Mentally Motivate Learning. Nº 3601, Sunday-Monday, 13-14, February 2005.
- Why Study? Nº 3570, Saturday, 08, January 2005.
- The Advantages of Serious Stance. Nº 3556, Thursday, 23, December 2004.
- Drug and Scholarship Addiction, Which One You Stand For? Nº 3544, Thursday, 09, December 2004.
- Writers and Singers Should Not Single-mindedly Write and Sing Only “Love For Love” Songs. Year Nº12, Nº3538, Thursday 02nd November 2004.
- (Women Media Centre of Cambodia) Women and Barriers To Social Participations. Nº 3499, Sunday-Monday, 17-18, October 2004.
The Kampuchea Thmey Daily (Cambodian Press)
- Philosophy Research Paper: Plato; Life and Wisdoms. (Consecutive order) Year Nº4, Nº793, Tuesday 26th July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº794, Wednesday 27th July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº795, Thursday 28th July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº796, Friday 29th July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº797, Saturday 30th July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº798, Sunday-Monday 31st July-01st August 2005. Year Nº4, Nº799, Tuesday 02nd August 2005. Year Nº4, Nº800, Wednesday 03rd August 2005.
- A Disability of Law in Cambodia. Year Nº4, Nº797, Saturday 30th July 2005.
- “Two” Mentalities For Success. Year Nº4, Nº794, Thursday 28th July 2005.
- Research Paper: My View On Democratic Kampuchea. (Consecutive order) Year Nº4, Nº781, Tuesday 12 July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº782, Wednesday 13 July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº783, Thursday 14 July 2005. Year Nº4, Nº784, Friday 15 July 2005.
- My support to Mr. Hun Song. Year Nº4, Nº767, Saturday 25 June 2005.
- Two Points That “Democratic Kampuchea” Has Taught Me. Year Nº4, Nº710, Wednesday 20 April 2005.
- Can The Poor Be Corrupt? Year Nº4, Nº693, Saturday 26 March 2005.
- Government-ness. Year Nº4, Nº690, Wednesday 23 March 2005.
- One Form of Law. Year Nº4, Nº688, Sunday-Monday 20-21 March 2005.
- One Point That The Royal Government of Cambodia Should Follow America. Year Nº4, Nº685, Thursday 17 March 2005.
- One Advantage of Law. Year Nº4, Nº683, Tuesday 15 March 2005.
- Why Conflict? Year Nº4, Nº 675, Saturday 05 March 2005.
- A Request for a New Way of Humanitarian Relief. Year Nº4, Nº 674, Friday 04 March 2005.
- August 8, 2005. The Role of Cambodian Law; My Perspectives: http://talesofasia.com/rs-87-law.htm
- July 27, 2005. One Point for Cambodia's Transparency-Betterment: http://talesofasia.com/rs-85-transparency.htm
- July 23, 2005. Cambodia’s Best-Known Literature/Culture Hero: http://talesofasia.com/rs-83-lithero.htm
- June 30th 2005. Current Cambodia’s Prevalent Diarrheas and My Simplified Resolutions: http://talesofasia.com/rs-82-resolutions.htm
- June 7, 2005. Pol Pot's Perspective on Chauvinism: http://talesofasia.com/rs-81-polpot.htm
- April 29, 2005. Democratic Kampuchea: An Irresponsible Government: http://talesofasia.com/rs-78-dk.htm
- April 22, 2005. The Four Obligations of The Government: http://talesofasia.com/rs-74-government.htm
- March 25, 2005. Cambodian Resort: “Virtuous Woman’s Breast” Mountain: http://talesofasia.com/rs-69-resort.htm
- March 25, 2005. One of the Answers to Why Cambodia Has Sluggish Development: http://www.talesofasia.com/rs-67-development.htm
- March 13, 2005. Cambodia: A Glimpse Into One Uncivilized Action: http://talesofasia.com/rs-66-uncivilized.htm
- March 12, 2005. One Reason Tennessee Prospers: http://pages.prodigy.net/nhn.slate/nh00073.html
- March 07 2005. A Glimpse Into Cambodian New Year Festival: http://www.talesofasia.com/rs-65-newyear.htm
- February 28, 2005. A Look at How Cambodian People Resolve and Prevent Conflict through Cultural Values: http://talesofasia.com/rs-63-values.htm
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