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Other Important Rulings are Being Forgotten…

    This topic, which is getting even less attention than the overturning of Miranda v. AZ ’66, may be nearly as important, over the long run (since the horrific state of affairs recently codified will be continued over the next generations by these rulings not being discussed as much):

“We have never previously held what the court holds today, namely that a state must use state funds” to finance private religious schools.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that : “Today the court leads us to a place where separation of church and state becomes a constitutional violation.

from:  NPR.

   And  I keep trying to work, remembering Toni Morrison’s admonition that this is the time when the artist goes to work, and toni_morrison_2008-2 not to succumb to this world’s malevolence.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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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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Learning Languages to Greet Strangers in the Street: Empathy or Insanity?

   R.  Nachman of Bratslav said that “The whole world is a very narrow bridge.”   If so, then maybe that explains why people tell us not to talk to strangers.  I am still glad, though, that I smiled at someone I did not know -who thanked me, and made me grateful to be alive, back in 2005. And even more recently.

Less short version of the story:
When I lived in Izmir, that summer I took long walks on Saturday afternoons. I had the habit of smiling, or at least nodding, to every person I saw because frankly, I hoped someone would smile or nod back at me. At least acknowledge me as a fellow human being, as I tried to do, even passing the homeless people lining the streets as you go into the Metro (in DC).

So, I nodded at a lady in passing, never met her, just kept going because I was too tired to say Gunaydin (Good Morning/afternoon in Turkish), and my Turkish was only rudimentary any way.

Then I heard a call behind me. I turned to see that woman walking back toward me, and her eyes were glistening.
She put her hand on my chest, nothing scary, nothing sexual, just an ordinary safe contact, and said, in very simple Turkish that was clear and slow, that in five years in Izmir, no one had ever greeted her. She thanked me, and I nodded in return, too moved to get out even one word of Turkish. We both turned and went our own ways. And now, over ten years later, I am glad that I smiled at a random person whom I had never met, and never saw again.
I hope that I can share that joy with …    Everyone.

Questions:

1.)   Consider:  Do you, personally, greet, or don’t greet, people you do not know?  How did you feel about strangers greeting you?

2.)  How do you think this appears, from the other person’s point of view?

3.)  What do you think about the idea of greeting everyone, stranger or not, and why? 

orig. posted  in September, 12020 HE

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Guest Blog Post Invitation: Solving Homelessness

         I  would like to issue an invitation to any blogger, but especially to a guest blogger who is a teacher or professor, showing how housing and learning is important to human survival in the long term, and connecting all types of housing related education to the proposed Project Do Better plan.

    Ok, back to work.

We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we might make some changes to our housing system that accommodate all sorts of people, at all ages!

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Thank You, Octavia Butler

 Today is the Yahrzeit, or the anniversary of the day, in 2006, on which this American prophet and Science Fiction/Fantasy writer left us. 

   I look back to her words, dreaming of  one united human race.

 

And I look to finding a community of willing workers, united in service to the good of all humanity, where I can both contribute, and be truly included, myself, as well.

To Human Kindness, and in thanks, to Octavia Butler,

S. Destinie

 

Action Items:  

1.)  Share your thoughts on how story, and dreaming, may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Public transportation in North America -we could do better…

Here is why the trains come first, and then the quiet, safe, separately ventilated apartments and office buildings:

The fact that Vancouver transit has posted such strong gains in the absence of Uber and Lyft undercuts those companies’ claims about reducing car usage in major cities. But it also shows that the formula for rising ridership isn’t that complicated: Providing ample service while clustering development around good transit will yield results.

So, it turns out that even up in the cold north, folks use mass transit, when it is available with decent service.  The US could take some lessons from our northern neighbors…

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of transportation for All that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different reasons to use public transportation.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you could encourage your local transit board to improve mass transit in your region.

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

 More Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how we can build empathy in our society today

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Do Better, new Draft: No Chapter 6

Draft 6 is ready. Please comment here for a copy.

I have removed chapter 6, so please comment here if you wish to be a Beta Reader, and I will send you the latest draft.

We still need more eyes on this new PDF of the current, 5th, Draft of Project Do Better‘s book , if Beta Readers would like to volunteer. (Please leave feedback on this book by commenting here on this post…)

Oh, and new title is

Project Do Better: A Kindness Manifesto in Four Parts

Dying to finish and release this book so I can get back to doing my own personal part of Project Do Better: writing historical fiction, so please let me know if you’d like to read 280 pages of how we can become a kinder world that meets everyone’s needs in 60 years!

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Three Lessons from s1e1, Hakan:Muhafız/The Protector about Financial Self Defense

What do we learn from this episode, and then, my impressions of this first episode.

1.  “Her şeyi yenisi makbul değildir.” -Neşet baba haklı.

“Everything does not need to be new.”  -Neshet is right.  New is not necessary, or even necessarily better.

2.   “…kendinizi burada buldunuz, değil mi?”  -Hakan haklıdır:  sanslı grubu…

“…you got here all by yourself, right?”  -Hakan is right: the lucky group…   A rising tide lifts the high tech boats better than a raft, and some folks are just plain in the water: we all need community, family, or other help to get somewhere in life, along with studying and hard work.  No one succeeds entirely alone.

3.     “esek kadar aptal” … “as stupid as a donkey”

(Actual Translation –don’t go into business with  idiots, even your best friends…)

4.   “Bu bir masal değil.”  -Hakan haklı, maalesef.

“This is not a fairy tale.”  -Hakan is right, unfortunately.   Not only is this show not a fairy tale, but the world is not, either, but we can make it a better, fairer, more accessible world for all of us, if we look at ways to help everyone get enough resources to fulfill their dreams.

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Well, it seems that not too much has changed about the city since I lived there in 2004, except that the Boğaz/Bosporus must be much, much cleaner!  When I lived there, no one would even consider jumping into that water!

And another lesson I learned while I lived there, when I first arrived, working for a family on the Asian side:  the rabbit is a personal reminder of how not to be, if you are rich (ask if you want to know more)…

And we see that Hakan is self-taught, and studious: “Sufi gibi düsünmek” = “Think like a Sufi”  and books about Rumi, well done!

“Utanmıyormusun?”   Thank you, Hakan!!  “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?”  -That’s a question I asked, of a not so different bully, in my short Standing in The Gap.

And what a song to play as Neset is mortally wounded!  A (by the opening sounds of it…) Sephardic Turkish song about being happy, as happiness disappears from Hakan’s life.

I love this conversation with Leyla Hanim:  this kid is just a street kid in her eyes, and Faysal Bey’s order to hire him anyway, being a hero, does not sit well with her.  Typical.  Hakan was right about her “group,” but she will learn.

And look what lovely things we teach other torturers how to do.  If it’s good enough for the Americans, why can’t we do the same, it must be ethical, right?  What’s a little water between friends?  Poor Memo, but he shows himself to be brave, if not smart, in the end.  Bravo.

“Iyi bir yalancı değilsin ya.”  “You’re not a good liar.”

Of course not, Memo is a complete idiot!  But he is still a loyal friend.

Great moment:  “Sadık onları, kime:  sana.” … “Loyal Ones, to whom:  to you.”

With this idiot doing all that yelling, I’d shoot him right between the eyes, too!   Thank you, Zeynep!

(which reminds me, I need to ask somewhere about the Warrior Women of Islam: apparently there are some well known names, like Zeynep…)

Faysal Bey haklı:  Aya Sofiya evet en değerli mirası Istanbul’da.

Faysal is right: The Hagia Sofia is the most precious monument in Istanbul.

But even more important about this City:  Kitty Cats!!!  Kediler!!!  Cats are everywhere, and beloved, in this city!!!  (and also in Izmir…)  Reminds me of the sultan who finally got rid of the Janissaries, who said that if the Janissaries were not abolished “the cats will walk on the ruins of Constantinople.”

And, what an ending!!!

Next Tuesday, s1e2, aka Chapter 2: Turkish Tuesdays, and Three Lessons from s1e2, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, About Learning! , will post…

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Parashat Mishpatim, “Na’aseh VeNishmah” as Do First and Buy-In Later, via Education?

     This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Mishpatim (פרשת מִשְׁפָּטִים),  the 6th in the book of Shemot/Exodus, and the 18th weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle.

      This week, traditional congregations (and maybe a few Masorti/Conservative Movement folks) will read of the inter-generational (in theory, or at least in Midrashic legend) acceptance of the Torah by all then-present and future members of the People Who Argue with G-d, both birth members and converts.   Mishpatim literally means judgements -and there are many spelled out in this week’s Torah portion.

      On the most fun holiday of the Jewish year, The Geek’s holiday, Shavuot/Pentacost, on  Tikkun Leil Shavuot (the night of Shavuot when we get to stay up all night long studying!!), I taught a class at the DC Beit Midrash.  The class was about a different parashah, but I referenced an important concept first found in this week’s parashah.  During that class, I defined the popular saying of

“Na’aseh ve Nishmah”

“We will do and We will listen up!/hear/learn/obey”

as having two crucial components.  The first component is  {Laws = formal rules; Minhagim/customs = informal norms}, and the second is inter-generational endurance.  Any society needs laws, and ways of interpreting, or policy, to apply those laws.  But a society also needs to have each new generation buy in to that law and those policies for that society to endure.  The way Torah gets this to happen is by teaching that each soul was present at that time, and accepted this Yoke upon ourselves.  This way, inter-generational buy-in is taught as a feature of the society, and each member of the society sees themselves as a part of that inter-generational contract.     social_contract_rousseau_page   

     So the contract, the rule of law, and the society, endures.  

     But how do we update that contract in such a way that we all give our buy-in to an equitable set of laws and policies which uphold those laws?  How do we then get buy-in from future generations to this contract, and thus into our society as a whole?

    How do you build a culture where everyone has access to the needed learning, and  the ability to safely opt in or out, of the social contract? 

 

Parashat Yitro was last week…

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to keep all of us safer, please.   Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

(The handout for that class is here, in PDF format…)

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Parashat Yitro, and Laws, versus Policies

     This week’s Torah portion is  Parashat Yitro / פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ  Parashat Yitro is  17th in the annual cycle, covering: Exodus 18:1-20:23and the 5th in the book of Shemot/Exodus.

      This week, traditional congregations (and maybe a few Masorti/Conservative Movement folks) will read Yitro (Jethro)’s advice on organizing policy, and the Giving of The Law at Mt. Sinai.   So, this week, we read about the rule of law, and how to enact the details of that law through policy, as implemented on the advice of a wise planner.

    How do you build a culture where everyone has access to accurate and free legal learning, and  learns how to plan ahead like that?

    

Parashat Beshalach  was last week…

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to craft better policy to keep all of us safer, please.   Writing, by thee way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.  What would yours be, if you had time?

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