Quang Ngai has just celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of revolutionary Tran Kien, one of the people closest to his people, from the soldiers on the Truong Son when they fought against the US, to the people in the Central Highlands, to the people of Quang Ngai, fellow countrymen with Mr. Tran Kien.
Now, looking back at the very shabby house that Mr. and Mrs. Tran Kien lived in the last years of his life, the house at No. 4 Tran Quang Dieu Street, I guarantee, many people, when looking at the picture of that house, will recover. emotional recovery. The smaller the house, the more simple it is, the more beautiful the owner’s soul is. In a big and luxurious house, it is not necessarily beautiful, but in a small house like the house that Mr. Tran Kien lived in, the people of Quang Ngai will remember it forever.
Tran Kien’s life of revolutionary activities, for the people for the country, is known by many people. But there is one thing that I see most clearly in this person, that is Mr. Kien always thinks for the people, and always says and does. He never said blatant things, never used fancy but meaningless words. When he was the party secretary of Dak Lak, Mr. Tran Kien thought of turning this highland into the capital of coffee. Thinking to do it, he sent trucks to Ho Chi Minh City to ask for organic fertilizer to be transported to Dak Lak to fertilize the first coffee gardens, which later developed into vast coffee areas. Someone has to do something useful first, to give momentum to growth.
I still remember, the day Mr. Tran Kien returned to Quang Ngai, he started a new agricultural model compared to that time, which was the “three ecological layer” model. On the garden land can grow three varieties of plants in three different growing space: the bottom layer for plants or vegetables that grow close to the ground, the middle layer for medium-growing plants, and the upper layer for plants. straight body with outstanding height. Maybe now, that idea is no longer new, but nearly thirty years ago, it was a completely new agricultural idea to Quang Ngai. Said and done, Mr. Tran Kien has mobilized the garden land of his own hometown to experiment with this “three ecological” agricultural model. Now, this model has not been very successful in Quang Ngai, but it is very successful in the Central Highlands, where people know to cherish every drop of water in the dry season. And nothing holds water better than three layers of plants coexisting on the ground. It is an agricultural model based on the natural characteristics of trees, which is a great understanding of plant biology. Trees in nature always know how to rely on each other and support each other to coexist and develop, especially in unfavorable weather conditions. Mr. Tran Kien once said to me: “Green trees also know how to unite to survive together, brother.” That is a profound statement of an ecological philosopher, although Mr. Tran Kien is not a philosopher. He is a man of action, coupled with action. Sometimes do first, talk later. Like in the years of fighting the US on Truong Son, our soldiers often passed on a very strange command from Mr. Tran Kien: “Every person who passes through the army station to dig up noodles (cassava) to eat, must take the stalks of noodles and replant them for the next person to have noodles. eat”. There is no command more simple than that, but more practical. I think it was when he manually replanted the noodle tree for the next person to come to Truong Son to have something to eat, that Mr. Kien came up with this unique order.
Mr. Tran Kien’s person was simple until the last minute of his life. But there are very simple values that remain with life forever. Those are the values when people know for the sake of the country for the people, worry about the worries of the world, and be happy after the joy of the world. Eating a boiled noodle also remembers the latter. Live serenely like three layers of ecological trees. Always talk less, and do more.