Thought for the Day: To Judge

“To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.”

From  The Bali Advertiser, Nov. 2017, p. 29.

Although it’s much easier to see the light within some people than in others, let’s look for it within every person.

Aloha, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “Thought for the Day: To Judge”

  1. Rosita says :

    I’m woman, white in color but a true viralatas (mutt, in Portuguese) in ancestry [there’s Lebanese, Syrian, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Angolan, Dominican, Cuban and Brazilian indigenous genes running deep down in my veins], so, all I have to say is: f*ck off dat ridiculous white supremacy speech! those who claims they’re “white”, they AREN’T white at all. I’m whitey in color and have European-like appearance, but I don’t deny my south Caribbean roots, born and bred in extreme northern tip of Brasil, which configures as southern Caribbean. And it surely is a melting pot, as one can notice. And, honestly, my Brasil can be as racist and segregationist as USA, but worst: on a veiled, obscure way, dat one can’t always tell dat there’s racism and minorities’ segregation here. I know dat ‘cause I’m disabled and ppl seems to be segregating meh on a veiled way, sometimes, as if doubting I have da disabilities I have.. Out there in USA, it seems Donald Trump don’t care much about such issues and even not so secretly support them. Dat’s simply ridiculous! We, as humans, are truly mutts, and dat’s how God made us. So, plz, let’s stop racist and segregationist speech? We’re all humans, and dat’s wha’ matters. SAY NO TO RACISM OR SEGREGATION IN ANY WAY 👊🏻
    Good morning from my flawed piece of paradise,

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