I am so glad that I was able to make it to the International knowledge Fair (IKF) because it was a great eye opener for me. I used to think that I care for the community I work with. Here I learnt that I need to care for humanity. Though at intellectual level I am aware of it, I understand I need to go long way to be into it. The IKF gave me a firsthand experience to witness it in reality and to be a part of that experience.
When I reflect on my bonding with my community I see many strings are already attached to it like, people are people of my mother land, my language, my class, individuals with similar issues. I also see my duty to contribute to my country because I have gained lots from my community and the Country and it is my turn to give back.
Here at the IKF I met individuals who are living examples, who appreciate humanness and strongly believe in the human capacity to respond.
I wish to mention the names of a few people here. I was amazed when I saw JLL, Phil, Geoff and Usa who gave themselves completely when they listened to people. Their minds and hearts were open and focused. Their commitment to see and elicit the unique capacities human beings had to respond was remarkable.
Three people Marlou, Lawan and Sirinate who were there for everyone and always shared a welcoming smile and words from their heart, which had no degree of difference with individuals. Two people Laurence and Gaston who connected me to the people whom I have met very briefly or never met -from Thailand and Papua New Guinea- through their strong connections that goes beyond all Geographical, Physical and intellectual barriers. I was touched by Laurence’s explanation of the doctrines of Buddhism and its connection to competence of Thai people. Gaston touched me with this efforts to make the people of Papua New Guinea present there at the IKF in spirit with all of us. I would call the Constellation team as an embodiment of human connections that goes beyond anything possible.
Lastly, I wish to mention about John Pierre, whom I met here and who I would call “the embodiment of universal brotherhood”. He goes beyond all barriers to care and share. I will share about him with many others because he has influenced me a lot and he will surely continue to make an impact on many others.
“At this knowledge Fair I met great people“, this would have been my regular expression. But now I wish to state it as “I met human beings with great potential who were great in all aspects”. I am really thankful to everyone who had helped me to be here and to go through this rare, enriching and life changing experience.