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Good Points, Pattie: The Supreme Court Got It Wrong — Thoughts From the Mountain Top

(Although White women could not be sold from the Auction Block, Pattie’s right -they had not many more rights than slaves. -Shira)

Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA on Pexels.com It’s kind of ironic that I just started listening to the audiobook of Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. I’m just at the beginning, but there’s a lot there that’s relevant to the decision handed down by the Supreme Court. You see, Hamilton was painted as a […]

The Supreme Court Got It Wrong — Thoughts From the Mountain Top

Jour de Silence à Tanger: Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Jour de silence à TangerJour de silence à Tanger by Tahar Ben Jelloun

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fascinating read, with a beautiful ending. It touched on relationships between generations, races, friends and family. A short yet complex read, very well-written. It is making me re-think the reasons that a person might appear to mistreat those around him, even those upon whom he depends. More than once, I wondered if I may have been unjust toward some of those close to me whom I had expected to ‘see’ or intuitively understand my feelings. Perhaps for some people, it is just not possible, yet those same people can want to understand. For me, this was an impossibility, prior to reading Ben Jalloun. How could a person not understand that his words have power, and that his words can and do indeed do harm? Yet perhaps some simply do not see it, even if they want to. Time for me to learn to be more understanding?

(Too tired but will translate into French soon…)

ShiraDest
1st December, 12015 HE

updated in 12022

I look forward to hearing your opinions, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira

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    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.

What would yours be, if you had time?

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תּוֹדָה רַבָּה‎ , David: Project Do Better as Bee bread, or: Battered

David:  תּוֹדָה רַבָּה‎ 

Dedication This tanka prose is dedicated to the inimitable Shira Destinie Jones who has committed her life to developing a sustainable societal framework to provide a basic safety net for each and every child. Tanka prose A safer, empathetic, and sustainable global society in which each person has food, shelter, education, and health care, at […]

Bee bread, or: Battered — The Skeptic’s Kaddish 🇮

Day 8/67 (reblogged…) of 5 Month GED: Library Apps, and San Diego Futures Foundation — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Day 8 Lesson Plan as a PDF file Today’s Grammar activity is with tomorrow’s lesson:Comparatives & Superlatives Khan Academy activity: subtracting fractions with unlike denominators Day8ExitSlips Remember that the San Diego Public Library has an App for mobiles that allows those with a SDPL libray card to place books on hold, search for books, etc. […]

Day 8/67 High School in 5 Months: Library Apps, and San Diego Futures Foundation — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Day 7/67: Five Month GED, Adulting, SD Promise, and the Zapotecs — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Adulting is taking responsibility for ourselves and for our society, where we live in a Republic that both allows us much freedom and thus, requires of us much responsibility.  Part of that responsibility is helping others in society learn and help others.  The Four Freedoms movement advocates one possible program, starting with free schooling and […]

Day 7/67: Five Month GED, Adulting, SD Promise, and the Zapotecs — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Language Learning for Empathy Building

cites article stating that
“…Multilingual exposure may promote effective communication by enhancing perspective-taking.”

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

     This article caught my attention, confirming my hopes on building empathy via learning at least three languages from different language families:

“In reply to: Dr. Arguelles says that we should all learn six languages that fall into four categories:

Langs 1 and 2.)  Classical languages of one’s own culture.

Langs 3 and 4.) Major living languages of one’s broader culture.

Lang 5.) The international language.

Lang 6.) Exotic language (for the person).

This seems to be in line with this Atlantic article “https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/08/how-foreign-languages-foster-greater-empathy-in-children/432462/”

stating that
“…Multilingual exposure may promote effective communication by enhancing perspective-taking.”

So, yes, language learning does indeed build empathy.

Oh, and for me:   I am fluent, accidentally, in Spanish and French, and conversant (my writing is horrible) in Turkish, because I either worked or lived in Mexico, France, and Turkey.  I read Biblical Hebrew, and am learning modern Greek out of curiosity, so…

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e10 Teaches About Those Without Empathy

What do we learn from season 1, episode 10?  Never trust someone who has no empathy.

Lessons:
1.) Never trust what your enemy tells you: there’s something behind it.
2.) Never trust someone who orders you to contradict your orders.
Exactly, Zeynep: you have no idea what using the blood of the olumsuzler will do to Leyla, if it does heal her.
Again touching antiquities without gloves!!
So, finally, that other door…
Ah, so the trained Sadik Onlari have a plan, but so does the guy who’s lived for hundreds of years.
Things don’t go as either plan.
and

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Day 6/67 of GED in 5 months, serfs vs. slaves, and Homes: Tied to one, or Having None… — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Adulting is about getting better and better at distinguishing fine details, and understanding why those details are important.   One of the key details of Phase I of Project Do Better is the Adulting skill of finding information on local laws that affect your status, like a serf being free after one year and a day […]

Day 6/67 of GED in 5 months, serfs vs. slaves — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Turkish Tuesdays, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e9, and a Lesson in Humility (vs. Empathy…)

What do we learn from season 1, episode 9, and then, my impressions of this episode?

Lessons:
1.) Sometimes, “a little knowledge is dangerous.
   Charging in where angels fear to tread is plain stupid, without knowing the whole story.  Humility, it seems to me, is a combination of knowing what you might not know, and having the empathy to be able to imagine that someone else might actually know more than you do, from long hard experience.  Oh, wait, that is humility, no?
So:
     Always find out the old folks hate each other!  It might be important!  Like why Derya was kicked out…
And, now we know why Faysal Bey told Leyla all of that, and why he encouraged their relationship. HakanS1e9
Duty before all.    But people are still people.
Poor Zeynep.
But it gets worse, and if he’d told her, Hakan might not risk losing Leyla.

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Last Tuesday was Three Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e8 Teaches About Work and Having a Home ,

Next week will be the last episode in Season 1: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e10 Teaches About Those Without Empathy

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Day 5 of GED in 5 months, libraries, and La Convivencia during Sukkot (aka Tiny Homes)! — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

During last year’s holiday of Sukkot, aka the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, the verse proclaiming this holiday as one of inclusion for all nations, and that inclusion which happened 1000 years ago in Islamic Spain, seems especially important to remember, that day.  Remember, if we did it before, we can do it again!  We […]

Day 5 of GED in 5 months, libraries, and La Convivencia during Sukkot (aka Tabernacles)! — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story