LifeTimes – Phillip Flinchum

Phillip Flinchum

Phillip Flinchum, 59, is a US Army retiree now living in Ubud

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To love and care for other people.

What’s most important?
To be the best person you can and to be ready to face any troubles.

What advice would you give the younger generation?
Think about those around you, not just yourself.

Are you worried about dying?

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I went to Guatemala for Christmas 2003. I was a Santa Claus, giving toys and candy to the children, and I was given gifts from friends there. It was the best Christmas of my life.

And the worst?
When I was teenager. My stepfather used to drink and tried to kill people in the family. When I was 18, I joined the army and served in Germany. When I returned to the US, I found out that my stepfather was dead – he died in an accident while he was drunk.

What’s humanity all about?
It’s about love and caring for others: everyone should be loved, cared for and embraced.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of greed, money, power, selfishness, no respect for other people and people not being accepted for who they are.

Is a peaceful world impossible?
Yes, it is, for the reasons I’ve just mentioned.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?
In the years before I was 30, I was disappointed, but since then I’ve been happy.

How old do you feel?

Is there anything you still want to do?
Yes – I’d like to start an orphanage somewhere.

Is one lifetime enough?
No. One may be enough, but if there were more, there would be more chances to do and be good. (BT/AS)

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