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Review: Le Montreur D’Etincelles & Social Empathy to Reconcile Peoples

C’est l’histoire d’un jeunne homme qui doit trouver la façon de unir, à la longue, les deux peuples de sa planète. L’un ne mange pas de viande, l’autre si. Les deux doivent coopérer.

(Date Ethique: 20.8 12014 ere Holocene)

Le montreur d’étincelles”  MontrEtincl(‘The Spark Displayer’), by Christian Grenier is the story of a young man who must find a way to unite, over the long term, the two peoples of his planet.  One eats meat, the other does not. Both must cooperate.

And unite them, he does, with the help of a perpetual calendar!  Nice example in the story of having to use one, and how easy it is to learn quickly.  Also great example of culture-shock, and cooperation, and how a calendar shapes our ways of thinking, and can help build social empathy.

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Book Review: Arséne Lupin, After Seeing It Omar Sy Style

The common good, or the general welfare, might just become more fully inclusive for all of us with a little help from our new Gentleman Bandit/Burglar, Omar Sy.

  I might even have to erase this review, ahem:

Je suis navrée, mais je n’aimerais pas ce livre. Pas du tout. Depuis le commencement jusqu’à l’arrivée du Sherlock Holmes volé, et là, il devenait encore pire. Au moins pour moi.

and

in English:

I’m sorry, but I really did not like this book, at all.  From the start, up to the arrival of the stolen ‘Sherlock Holmes’ it just got worse, and worse, at least for me.

and write it all over again, from a different point of view!  After all, that is what Adults do, no?

 

So, it turns out that updating a classic series with a new perspective can really put a different spin on things, and maybe even make a difference in this world.

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Arséne Lupin series, and to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses it.

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

 
 

   Salût ! 

ShiraDest

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Review: La Malédiction des Tévennec

I read this book long ago, in Brittany, and this book goes well with the islands like that of Sein. It was a relatively interesting treasure hunt, as I recall, with “une fille formidable” who gets kidnapped at the start of the book, and has an important role at the finish. That “impressive girl” was the most impressive part of the book, sorry, I’ve forgotten most of the plot. Just don’t read it if you are afraid of rats!

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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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

Action Prompt:

    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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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs

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El Sepulcro del Cuervo, por/by Núria Masot, & La Empatia/Empathy

El sepulcro del cuervoEl sepulcro del cuervo:  Núria Masot

(the English review is here…)

La empatîa lleve a todo: Pensar, atreverse y amar. Absolutamente inspirador. Este ultimo libro de la quintologia de Masot està tan buena como el Muy Buen (La Sombra del Templario) primer libro, y casi casi tanto como el Buenisimo segundo (el Laberinto: El Laberinto de la Serpiente) de este serie. Se involucran màs los viejos con los jovenes que en el serie de Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), y se usa la guerra como preuba de maturidad para los dos jovenes hecho hombres en el serie. Pero queda un paradoxo. El maestro Bernard, quien muere al comienzas del libro 1, se queda como una presencia constante en todo los libros. Es el verdadero protagonista.

Shira “Era Holocena/Humana” Destinie
28 Augosto del año 12 015 EH

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Review: Purgatoire Des Innocents, Empathy for Heroic Thieves, and Speaking for Those Who Cannot Speak

Purgatoire des innocentsPurgatoire des innocents by Karine Giébel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(English after French…)

Honte d’avoir survécu, haine contre soi même de n’avoir pas su se protéger, envie abandonner. Effrayant, vachement important à lire.

-Addendum:  This book features an unlikely pair of heroes:  two brothers who go from jewelry theft to saving a young girl’s life, at their own horrific expense, as they repair their sins by stopping an even worse person (mostly) from killing an innocent.  But their suffering is not quite enough for a system that lacks empathy.  Here is the original review:

Guilt for surviving, self-hated for being unable to protect yourself, just wanting to give up. Gut-wrenching, horrifically important to read.

Shira HoloceneHuman Era Destinie
2 Septembre, 12015 èH (HE: Universal Holocene Calendar)

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Loup: Nicolas Vanier

Loup(English is below…)

Cette histoire de devenir adulte faisait plaisir à lire. (J’aimerais voir le film de 2009.) Vanier a réussi très tôt de faire sentir l’empathie pour un prédateur qu’il montre tel comme il est, et avec des détails. Il m’a réussi d’étonner, aussi, côte émotionnelle chez les hommes, en montrant qu’il est bien possible qu’an homme aussi peut se sentir abusé sexuellement par une femme, même après avoir fait l’amour volontairement. Jamais trop douce, on sent la dureté des deux mondes, humain tant que lupin, en sentant aussi (pour moi, au moins) connecté avec tous les deux. Du bon boulot émotionnelle et aussi d’un point de vue écolo.
(Si vous avez, les Amies, des corrections pour mon français, j’accepte volontiers…)

This was a very interesting and well-written coming-of-age story. (I’d like to see the 2009 film version.) Vanier manages early on to build reader sympathy for a predator which he show as such, in detail. He also surprised me by showing the shame of a man being willingly taken advantage of sexually by a woman (something I will grudgingly admit to never having believed possible). Never mincing his words, you feel the harshness of both worlds, human and wolf, while also feeling (for me, at least) connected to both. An excellent job emotionally and also from an ecology standpoint.

Originally posted 21 November, 12015 HE

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Revista: Las Puertas del Mal

Las Puertas del MalLas Puertas del Mal by Núria Masot
(English review here…)

Mujeres inteligentes (tal vez codependientes) capaces de enfrentar el peligro, políglotas vestidos poco normales quienes inspiran el miedo pero protegan a los demas, Trastorno por estrés postraumático mostrado, veteranos heridos sosteniendoles tras los tiempos, las semillas del odio y el poder de la lealtad aun tanto entre la gente como entre las comunidades diferentes. Eso son las cosas buenas que ofrece este libro, cuatro de cinco en el serie, Lo que me fastidio era el cambio ver el mysticismo, mientras el logico era el base de los primeros dos libros. Sin embargo, este libro queda exclente como trabajo multi-generacional que, como a Harry Potter, inspira la esperanza en la comunidad.

originally posted: 17 del agosto, 12 015 EH (Era Holoceno), updated in 12022
Shira Destinie,

Founder of #ProjectDoBetter.

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El Laberinto de La Serpiente (the Labyrinth of the Snake) Núria Masot #3, Empathy & Amistad/Friendship

Este libro es mejor que Harry Potter! “pero ¿sabemos lo que en realidad buscaba?” -La amistad, lealtad y la magia, sin magia. Vale la pena leerlo.

This book is better than Harry Potter! “but ¿do we know what he was really looking for?” -Friendship, loyalty, and magic without magic. Worth reading.

 

Shira
11.7.12015 EH/HE

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French Friday 13th: Comprendre la Tragédie des Cathares

  This book cathars  is worth learning French to read: 

   The author cites again and again the terror created deliberately by the papal and civil authorities as they traversed LangD’Oc, and the unrelenting pressure for over a century.

 

Much more than just the sad burning of nice people (and This is why Each Person needs to Write a Book…):

1. The wiping out of a different culture (use of Roman Law), language, and religion
2. The conquest of an entire cultural region by the north (the ‘French’ annexing what was Provence and destroying the links between Provence and Catalunya-Aragon)
3. The creation of an Inquisition that served as the model for the Spanish Inquisition.
4. Innocent III -> Spanish Inquisition -> los Conquistadores -> Daech: All systematically destroying the writings (or Quipus and museums), languages and history; in short, the cultural memories, that came before them in order gain control over the conquered populations (kind of like George Orwell’s 1984 prohibition on writing…).

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