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San Francisco, USA

 

A "Kind" Country

Speaking of trafficking their poor Vietnamese girl to work illegally in Britian, an uncle says

Anywhere in Europe is good to go to. But Britain is very popular because it is a kind country, and the government there looks after people even if they have entered illegally. If they catch you and arrest you and deport you, they even give you money to help you find your feet again when you get back to Vietnam.

I think the same can be say about other societies I have lived. San Francisco and Hong Kong are both kind countries.

2014.03.27 [] - comments

 

On Urban Architecture

New York is a city in which good things rarely happen easily and where good designs are often compromised, if they are built at all.

The quote set the context on urban architecture. From National Geographic Magazine's April 2011 article Miracle Above Manhattan - New York's High Line

2011.04.09 [, ] - comments

 

Walking on Water

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize; a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle. — Thich Nhat Hanh

2011.02.05 [] - comments

 

Quote of The Day - New York Times on The Mosque

There is this controversy about a proposed Islamic cultural center building near the World Trade Center site. I don't feel I should have much of a voice as I'm not a New York citizen. Nevertheless I cannot find any justification in good conscience to oppose such idea. Secretly I hope if there is no controversy to start with it will be easier for everyone.

The New York Times have ran a survey and dismayed to find a full 67% percent say that the mosque should be built on "a less controversial location", a position that betrayed the New Yorker's diverse, tolerant and cosmopolitan identity. Unyielding to public and political opposition, they reassert their belief in the editorial. I find it so courageous that I've to quote them:

"We stand with the poll’s minority: the 27 percent who say the mosque should be built in Lower Manhattan because moving it would compromise American values."

2010.09.04 [, ] - comments

 

Confession of A Buddhist Atheist

Stephen Batchelor, the author of <Confession of A Buddhist Atheist>, has articulated he feeling about atheism very well.

nor am I an Atheist, who has a particular axe to grind with God. I’m not an Atheist in that I have some objection or some dislike of that way of thinking. It’s simply that I see no use or value of entertaining such notions. I feel that I can articulate what I believe to be at the heart of my quest for meaning as a human being without any recourse to such ideas.

I can make perfect sense of the world without making any reference to god. I see no need for me to confirm or deny its existence. I won't call myself atheist though, as this term is usually associated with the opposition to the concept of god. I think a better description for me is "I don't care".

2010.08.05 [, ] - comments

 

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