In 1975, the Khmer Rouge enacted a country-wide genocide in Cambodia. Nearly ~3M people died. Most folks know of this human tragedy through the 1984 movie, "The Killing Fields."
Horn's memoir, The Spirit of a Fighter, chronicles his life in Cambodia and escape to safety and salvation in France and subsequently in the United States.
- an impoverished child can fight and manage his life even when bullied by one's peers;
- discipline, aided by a sense of freedom's joy, is critical to success;
- getting, valuing, and honoring education is crucial to excelling;
- love of family--even in the midst of different and tragic experiences--develops character and stimulates the drive to grow, survive, and excel in life; and,
- any family whose members are nourished in love can be joyous and successful.
While these are important "life's lessons" for folks in any generation to learn, they're lesson that GenY "snowflakes," in particular, might want to learn. That said, the more important question is: "Why weren't they taught these lessons?"
The Motley Monk thinks the most important lesson is that a joyous and successful life is what one creates not what one is given.
Let the discussion begin...