Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Random notes...

Paul Arden:

“It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be”

“When it can’t be done, do it. If you don’t do it, it doesn’t exist… It’s exciting. It’s difficult and it’s fun”.

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It's really great to discover another person who also thinks what an unsubtle pro-CCP piece of propaganda that Zhang Yimou film "Hero" really is!!

Nothing beats being able to chat politics and debate the state of the world over good food with well-informed, open-minded, kind-hearted souls, who are also conscientious and tough-as-nails (even though you would never guess it from our gentle demeanours)!

We may despair about what the world is coming to, but knowing that there are others who see the things you see and who care as much as you do even if you feel powerless to do anything, is actually pretty empowering.

We may be voiceless and powerless. But we are not blind and we are not alone. Thank goodness.

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I'm beginning to realise that my true kindred spirits are those who have moved overseas and experienced a variety of foreign cultures, who have a grounding in the social sciences and humanities and thus do not see the world purely through a technical/utilitarian lens, who have not stopped thinking and asking questions despite being encouraged otherwise, who have an interest in the welfare of their fellow men and the wider world rather than the affairs of only themselves and their loved ones, who couldn't care less about the latest fads and gossips yet are intrinsically drawn to weighty complex frankly boring problems in spite of themselves, and who are politically-engaged in the best sense of the term, even though they may not be formally engaged.

Oh, last but not least, those who think that nationalism is a curse, a scourge upon humankind the same way as racism and sexism.

I feel at home with people like that. I really do. The sense of relief of having found my own kind is palpable. They may not share my nationality/ethnicity/gender, but they are like family.

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At Wed Oct 14, 06:12:00 p.m. IST, Blogger ...love Maegan said...

really great post. It makes me want to travel actually.

At Sun Oct 18, 06:04:00 p.m. IST, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Oh thanks so much for your kind comment Maegan! It really made my day :)

Btw I checked out your blog earlier, and I love how creative you're in updating that old tweed coat!


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