To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Childless Mother1

I was shocked last Tuesday when one of my 22-year-old graduating students came  to my room for the Final speaking test. Her face was all bruised and scratched! Evidently, there were three nail scratches on her face running right under her eye to the neck. In a second, I thought she had a motorcycle accident, whew! (Perhaps my judgment was influenced by two students who've been absent for classes due to car accident.) Then I asked her what happened to her face, in a teary eye she told me she had a fight with her classmate in the morning and it happened in the classroom.

I was speechless as it was the first time I heard supposedly adult students in a fight and no, not in the university. I maybe can think it's possible for kids but for grown ups and graduating group, it seems it doesn't make sense! Much more that I know this group are brilliant and hardworking , it's just unbelievable!

I was aware that my blood pressure went up. I asked my student who did those to her and added it shouldn't be tolerated. She should have the incident reported to the police and demanded for medicine support. I was so concern that it was her face that was hit and "destroyed" and it can't be good, it is not and  never at any time and  for any reason! It's so mean and despicable for one to do it  to the other and that means there should be justice.

I didn't inquire further, I just couldn' emotion started to be on its peak.  I  just let her go home and told her to  rather have the test next week, she was both physically and psychologically unstable  she better get a rest, that she deserved.

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