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Monday, 29 September 2014

August and September

Quite busy these days. I've been wrestling with Shakespeare and Philip Sidney. And there are so many things happening. 


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I'm glad that finally Scotland remains in the UK. 


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Vietnamese facebookers, so I've heard because I'm not using fb now, are talking about nothing but the students' protest in Hong Kong. 
I hope this won't be a 2nd Tiananmen. 
Seeing the protest in HK, people undoubtedly raise the question of when Viet people will stand up and do something. However, it is ridiculous that some adults make comparison by posting pictures of Viet teenagers screaming and crying for their K-pop idols. Those pictures are indeed silly, but that's another story. Why don't you organise a protest yourself, "grown-ups"? How do you teach your children? Do you teach them to care about society or do you tell them to focus on schoolwork, to fill their heads with dead knowledge, to sit passively in class the whole time never questioning textbooks and teachers and afterwards to go to extra classes listening passively again without thinking for themselves? Do you teach them about responsibilities and rights and critical thinking and liberal values, or do you demand them to get good grades, to pass exams, to get into good schools and good classes, to enter schools for the gifted, to go to university, to get a degree, to stay safe and to leave things for the government to take care of? 
It might sound petty of me, but in VN parents tend to place their children in 1 class after another, maths and chemistry and physics and biology and English, and then feel good about it, thinking they have done their job, and later seeing good grades, feel content, without thinking how much their children remember after the exams are over. Even pro-democracy activists do that- there is an anxiety that children will do badly if they don't go to extra classes, or that adults don't do their duty as parents if they don't let/ make their children do what everyone else does, so everyone follows the same path So immersed in studies, young people can read nothing other than textbooks (and some very easyreads to entertain after hours of hard work), it's understandable that they don't know what's going on. 
HL said "It's a bit unfair for young people in VN as they've been systematically brainwashed from the start, and the older generations don't support independent thinking.
It's different in HK. The older generations already tasted democracy back in the days when HK was still part of England and we should expect they've passed their values and beliefs to the younger generations. Culturally, HKers think themselves as... HKers, not Chinese. The seed for rebellion is always there." 


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If anyone asks what I did last weekend, I'll say "Spent time with Augusta Elton". 
Hooray! 
No, really. A real-life version. 


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Why do some women feel the need to control their boyfriend/husband? Like "stalking" them on fb, reading their emails and text messages... 
In summer, in 1 of the cities I visited, I went out with a guy (a friend). In August, I uploaded the travel photos on fb, suddenly after a photo of him was posted, he told me that his gf saw it and made a fuss. I didn't believe him. Once before he had told me about her reading the emails between me and him. At both times I thought he made that up, giving himself airs, as there was often a teasing, conceited thing about him. But he didn't. Very soon afterwards, to my amazement, the gf sent me messages, complaining, explaining, accusing, reproaching, etc. 
Why would anyone do that? 
Luckily there was nothing, and I wasn't meek, so it's soon over. But I doubt that it's over for them, considering that they have lived together for 9 years and she still feels insecure and jealous of a girl living in another country who has met her bf less than 5 times. 


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An unpleasant meeting with a person the other day. Evoked so many memories, so many sensations; the longing also came back. 
Why do we only run into the wrong people, I wonder. Why her, why not him


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Sometimes I despair, when I think about how little we human beings know about each other. 
Uncertainty is painful. Indefiniteness is painful. 


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It's getting cold now. Winter will come soon. 

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