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Pretty old article – published about 10 months ago in The Guardian. Yet, still worth reading here.

http://pasaportpentruexcelenta.ro/

Ești pasionat de limba engleză și de cultura Marii Britanii?

Îți place să faci fotografii sau să desenezi ?

FII CREATIV și  chiar tu poți fi unul dintre câștigătorii concursului:“Pașaport pentru excelență”

O tabără de două săptămâni, la Oxford, îi așteaptă pe cei care vor reusi să obțină acest pașaport.

Cu “Pașaport pentru excelență” ai ocazia să-ți completezi cunoștintele despre limba și cultura engleză într-o tabără timp de 2 săptămâni, chiar la Oxford.

Nu ai încă un certificat de competență lingvistică Cambridge?

Cu “Pașaport pentru excelență” ai șansa să participi gratuit la un astfel de examen.

Înscrie-te pentru un “Pașaport pentru excelență” și poți fi câștigătorul unuia dintre zecile de premii din concurs!

În acest concurs și profesorii sunt premiați!

Primii 3 profesori cu cei mai mulți concurenți înscriși în competiție vor fi invitați să participe la o tabără de 2 săptămâni în Anglia.

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ETAPA I

Un proverb britanic spune: “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”

Tu unde cauti aceasta comoara? Educatia=comoara? Care e cea mai importanta comoara a unui om? Cum trebuie ea pastrata?

Plecand de la proverb, gaseste sau realizeaza chiar tu o imagine care sa ilustreze invatatura acestuia. Motiveaza apoi, intr-un text in limba engleza de maximum 35 de cuvinte de ce este relevanta imaginea ta pentru proverbul britanic si inscrie-te in concurs pana pe 22 martie. SUCCES! http://pasaportpentruexcelenta.ro/inscriere-concurs

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Calendar concurs

- 1 februarie 2011 – 22 martie 2011  – desfăşurarea primei etape a concursului;

- 28 martie 2011 – desemnarea elevilor care vor participa la cea de-a doua etapă a concursului;

- 29 martie 2011 – 17 aprilie 2011 – desfăşurarea celei de-a doua etape;

- 25 aprilie – anuntarea participanţilor la cea de-a treia etapa a concursului, in Bucureşti;

- 30 aprilie – 1 mai 2011 – interviu Bucureşti

- 7 mai 2011 – premierea.

Cine doreste sa participe este rugat sa ma anunte, pentru a putea primi indrumari si indicatii.

Teach

Concurs national de eseuri in limba engleza pentru elevi

Dragi colegi,

Ne face placere sa va informam ca centrul de învăţare a limbii engleze Shakespeare School lansează cea de a treia ediţie a concursului naţional de creaţie în limba engleză “Shakespeare School Essay Competition”, desfăşurat sub egida Anului European al Voluntariatului. Va adresam pe aceasta cale rugamintea de a ne sprijini in mediatizarea acestui concurs, prin informarea elevilor cu mijloacele pe care le aveti la dispozitie.

Participarea la concurs este gratuită şi deschisă tuturor tinerilor din România pasionaţi de limba engleză şi cu real talent la scris, care se încadrează într-una dintre cele două categorii de vârstă ale competiţiei: 11-14 ani, respectiv 15-19 ani. Temele propuse sunt un îndemn la implicare şi responsabilizare: liceenii vor avea de scris despre rolul voluntariatului şi felul în care acesta poate schimba societatea, iar elevii de gimnaziu vor avea de realizat un eseu în care, pornind de la 4 imagini sugestive, să-şi imagineze o lume ideală.

Concursul se desfasoara in perioada 7 februarie-20 martie 2011 si credem ca este o oportunitate deosebita oferita tinerilor creativi sa isi foloseasca talentul si imaginatia, punandu-si in valoare potentialul!

Premiile oferite marilor câştigători constau în tabere internaţionale de limba engleză de 2 săptămâni în Marea Britanie: la Cambridge University, Oxford Brookes University, Harrow House International College şi St. Michael’s College, în valoare de aprox. 1400 lire fiecare! Sponsorii competiţiei vor pregati si multe alte surprize: cărţi în limba engleza si dictionare (oferite de Fischer Internatonal), cursuri gratuite de limba engleză, taxe de înscriere la examene internaţionale de limba engleză (oferite de British Concil) şi articole sportive la alţi 40 de participanţi.

De asemenea, toţi participanţii vor primi diplome de participare, iar premianţii vor dobândi şi un Essay Award Certificate. Toate eseurile premiate vor fi postate si pe blog-ul Shakespeare School (http://blog.shakespeare-school.ro).

Profesorii de limba engleza care vor trimite minim 10 participanti la 2011 Shakespeare School Essay Competition vor primi un “Certificate of Merit” din partea centrului nostru.

Ediţia de anul trecut a avut o amploare naţională, concursul înregistrând peste 3.000 de eseuri de la tineri din 350 de localităţi, iar anul acesta ne asteptam la o participare şi mai numeroasă. Vom lansa si o antologie a celor mai bune lucrari ale editiei precedente, insa vom reveni cu detalii in curand pe blogul Shakespeare School.

Toate detaliile se regăsesc începând de luni, 7 februarie pe pagina oficială a competiţieiwww.shakespeare-school.ro/concurs.

Sprijinul dumneavoastra va conduce la informarea unui numar mai mare de tineri despre un proiect educational care atat prin temele abordate, cat si prin premiile oferite va deschide participantilor noi orizonturi culturale si academice!

Speram ca initiativa noastra vi se va parea interesanta si in beneficiul tuturor tinerilor!

Cu multumiri,

Adriana Alionte
Director Shakespeare School

We have time…

A poem by Octavian Paler, a Romanian writer, journalist, editor and politician. I find this poem so inspirational that I decided to venture and translate it into English.

Octavian Paler (1926-2007)

We have time

We have time for everything.
To sleep, to run to and fro,
to regret our mistakes and make mistakes again,
to judge others and indulge ourselves,
we have time to read and to write,
to revise what we’ve written, to regret what we’ve written,
we have time to make projects and to not follow them through,
we have time to dwell in illusions and to rummage through their ashes later on.
We have time for ambitions and illnesses,
to blame destiny and details,
we have time to watch the clouds, the ads, or some accident,
we have time to drive away our questions, to postpone our answers,
we have time to crush a dream and reinvent it,
we have time to make friends, to lose them,
we have time to be taught lessons and to soon forget them,
we have time to accept gifts and to not understand them.
We have time for everything.
There’s just no time for a bit of tenderness.
Just when we’re about to do that, we die.
Teach

The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself, says a famous quote. Is it true or is it not? What I can say from my own point of view, after a short analyze of other people including myself, there have been several times when I’ve seen people giving up in front of some situations because they were too afraid of failures. Either they thought they weren’t good enough to pass through them or they displayed arrogance, as they were conscious already of their own value and there wasn’t necessary for them to deal with new challenges. It is all about a choice: are you too afraid of suffering, so that you don’t want to take risks or don’t you care at all about consequences and you just want to live the moment?

I want to write first about the consequences of choosing the fear of suffering. The majority is accustomed to making this choice because of an unlucky situation from the past that has left sad memories. You all have passed through this for at least once in life: you risked, thinking that there is nothing that can stop you to make your dream come true and that your choice was going to have the best results. But the final disappointment was so big, that any time you have to take risks – especially when you find yourself in front of similar situations – you just think about those bad feelings and emotions; and you do nothing. Many would say that an advantage of this choice would be that you can always learn from others’ mistakes and less from yours – because you don’t allow yourself to do anything wrong. Acting this way you may be released after the challenge passes, because you aren’t hurt or even with a higher self-confidence, thinking that you did the best choice. But, on the other hand, if you look deep inside of you, you’d see curiosity, a bit of frustration and regrets because you didn’t risk. And finally, even if you are too proud to admit it, it always appears the same question What if I’ve chosen differently?. This choice would bring lots of inner flusters, worthless thoughts and could make you feel even worse than you felt after a real disappointment or failure.

And what about the ones who have enough self-confidence and courage to take chances whenever the opportunity comes? It’s obviously that many of them had already had failures, because it’s nearly impossible not to have them. But it’s like their strength grows up with every failure and with every success. They don’t care what will happen next, they just want to enjoy the moment. In a certain way, it’s better to act like them and to try to take life, as it is, with good and bad. Because you know, taking risks involves too types of consequences: either you manage to arrive where you wished to – and that involves optimism, self-confidence and satisfactions -  or you deal with failures, regrets, maybe shame in front of others – but at least you know what happened if… and you know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s better to allow us suffer, to do mistakes, to be more indulgent with ourselves; taking risks also help us discover our personality, start looking deeper in ourselves for new skills and qualities. And if it ends wrong, besides all the regrets, we will become more ambitious and willing to improve our personality.

In conclusion, I think that the best answer is the equilibrium – just to know when it is worth acting and when the possible failure is pointless in our life. I don’t deny that it’s better for people to act than to live in fear, but somehow you have to educate yourself and test yourself whenever the chance to do that comes. And the most important thing is to allow ourselves to be ridiculous or losers without so much pain and suffering.

… bilingual English classes?

For several years, students of “Callatis” High School have been offered bilingual English classes. Every level, from the 9th to the 11th grades, has at least one such class, studying English for 6 classes per week.

Is this beneficial for the students? They say it is! They work a lot for these classes, both in the classroom and at home, doing grammar exercises, writing essays, browsing the internet for sources of information, reading materials and writing their own materials for different school projects or to be posted on our school blog, English@CallatisHigh. Our students’ level of English allows them to effectively communicate their ideas, to participate in contests and, last but not least, to apply for continuing their education in prestigious universities in the UK.

Some critics argue that neither the students going to UK nor the universities they applied to are the best. These critics are aware that this is only partially correct, but they like to make it sound as if it were the general situation mainly because that’s what critics do: love to hear themselves talking and sounding omniscient…

In his recent visit to our school, the author of the Straightforward coursebook series, Philip Kerr, told the students he met and worked with that their level of English is very good and way higher than that of students’ their age across Europe and encouraged them to continue studying languages because, if they aim at working abroad, they will need at least four languages in their future jobs.

Whom should we believe then? Local critics who boast with their minimal level of English but couldn’t have a decent conversation with a foreigner or a teacher of English? Or an English native author of coursebooks?

The title of this post is actually the title of an essay my 10th grade students have to write as online homework (yes, present, because the deadline is tomorrow evening). Here are the essays posted by the first 8 students. Enjoy the reading and feel free to comment!

Robert
Hello, I’m Robert, I’m 16, and I want to present to you the advantages and disadvantages of being a teenager. In my opinion, to be a teenager in our days it’s hard, but in the same time it’s full of happy moments that will remain in our heads stocked as memories.

The first thing that I will discuss about is highschool. The highschool it can be both : an advantage and a disadvantage. Let me explain you why: all the teenagers blame highschool because it is a lot of studying writing, homework, and tests but I see highschool as a place where you meet your friends and where you make relations with teenagers with a aproximate level of thinking.
The second thing that is important in a teenagers life and can be or a advantage or a disadvantage is popularity. Almost every teenager think about his popularity in school or in his group of friends, about how he or she can be the lider of the group or how he or she can be in the “spotlights”. When you are popular, people looks different at you and this can be an advantage because you have new cool friends, everybody speaks about you, but in the same time you forget about your true friends. I don’t know if everybody is like this, but that’s the way I see the things.

The last thing that i want to discuss about is the fact that this period of life is the most beautiful. When you’re a teenager you can entertain in a lot of ways, you can go in summer camps or winter camps, or when you remain home alone. But the disadvantage of this period of life, is how the adults treat your opinion. In about ninety percent of cases, when is something important to discuss, the opinion of the teenagers is asked, but nobody cares what he/she says.

People say that teenagers don’t think in perspective, and that’s a big mistake in my opinion, because most of the teenagers of our days, want to make a change, but they don’t have a chance.

Cosmina

Adolescence is the most beautiful period in our life. Teenagers are known for their whims, insecurity and spontaneity. Being a teenager has advantages and disadvantages. Although adolescence is the age when we grow the most, when we take shapes, now is the time when the first pimples appear.

One advantage and in the same time a disadvantage is that in this period of time teenagers try all kind of (bad) things, like smoking, drinking, using drugs etc. When in another time can we do these things if not now? We are curious of “how would it be if …” and for that reason we experiment a whole series of unhealthy habits, like going to bed at late hours.

A disadvantage would be that we often act before we think, but then we realize that we made mistakes and next time, we won’t do that again. The advantage of this thing is that our parents are with us in the hard moments and they tell us when we’re wrong. After a couple of years, when we’ll be by our own, we won’t be able to ask them for advice because we’ll have to act on self responsibility.

Being a teenager also means the exultation of expressing sincerely your opinions, the wish of looking for your way by yourself; means that you must dream, hope and put a lot of questions. Now is the time when you truly fall in love for the first time, when you must have the courage and dignity of appreciating your successes and failures.

The teenager isn’t anymore a child, although he keeps a lot of the childhood’s features and he isn’t neither an adult, although he started to get closer of the characteristics of maturity.

Oana R

Adolescence is the most wonderful period in one’s life, but also a very hard one because of all the changes that we have to deal with.

One advantage of being this age is the fact that adolescents don’t have to deal with big responsibilities (just clean our room, doing our homework or taking care of the little brother) and we are more creative, enjoying our freedom. Obviously, we depend on our parents’ decisions and money, but if we manage to have a good relation with them, we’ll have more chances to do what we want when we want – for example, going out with the friends, going to the parties, sleeping more on weekends. On the other hand, this can be a disadvantage because if we don’t get on well at all with our parents, we can’t enjoy the freedom and all the magic things that come with this age – and this will make us sad and as adults, unwilling to remember this years.

Being seen as a period full of changes, adolescents can profit to discover qualities, talents that we didn’t even have idea we possessed. Our personality is very flexible these ages and it’s easy for us to try to be whoever we want. Now, we can choose what part of us we want to explore and maintain forever and also turn our bad features into qualities. It’s the best period to get to know ourselves the way we are and even improve our personality. A disadvantage is the fact that changing our moods, preferences so quickly, it is hard for us to realize who we really are. So, there come a lot of questions about our person, having problems with the discovery of our identity and sometimes we don’t even understand what our role in this world is.

We are fascinated by all the new things that come with this period, besides the physical and psychical changes; things like the first love, our friends, the role that we start to have in society, all the situations that we have to deal with. We realize that we are no more children, and we are simply delighted about the idea of having our own independence and managing to act as we feel and think. It’s like the entire world is made for us, and we are so optimistic and enthusiastic because we know that nothing can stay between us and what we want. Obviously, our future will be even brighter and we don’t even understand all the adults around us that complain all the time and are unsatisfied about everything. The disadvantage is that once we don’t find our place in the society and we feel like we belong to no group, we feel that nobody understand us. Our optimism turns into pessimism and fear of trying to socialize – and so, the future should be even harder. Then we isolate ourselves, feeling alone and hopeless and we fell into depression that can have destructive effect on us.

Adolescence is full of extremes: it can be either wonderful and magic or depressing and frustrating. But it’s useless saying that any adolescent needs an adult to help him pass through this period with optimism, will to improve himself and to have a support whenever he/she feels like it’s all coming down.

Alexandra

Everybody would say that the adolescence is the best period of everyone’s life, but this is not really true for all of the adolescents. All the people should remember with a smile on their face what funny things they were doing at school, how they used to play with their friends or how much they loved their first boyfriend/girlfriend. But Ithink being an adolescent it’s first of all, up to your parents. Even though they (should) represent models for you in a good, but also in a bad way, I can say sometimes, they would take the wrong decision, having another way of thinking or perceiving things differently than they really are.

I consider being an adolescent has the advantage of trying to know yourself better, discovering your trully way of being, thinking, your passions, but this also may be a dangerous thing, because most of the adolescents are easily influenced by others. Not being able to take the right decision or to make a difference between good and bad may lead them in a trap, hurting theirselves just because they want to be more interesting, have more friends or become more popular.Having the curiosity to test, to find out more and more about everything, can be also a factor which may determine the adolescents to make injurious things for their psysical or even mental health, (like taking drugs or smoking) without knowing all the results these things could have upon them. For me, this period is a continous way of learning from my own mistakes, but in the same time, all these things done incorrectly may have results which can change something a little.

Even though all adolescents try to act like adults, and espeacilly to be considered adults, they are not mature enough to be what they want.They can’t be very responsible, they can’t have a really good life just because they don’t know how, they don’t have enough experience to think clearly, to try to find the best solution in solving a problem, and they aren’t able to realize what are the most important things in life.

Bogdan

Being my age is not hard but surely it’s not easy. This period of our lives is suppose to be the most wonderful and i agree one hundred percent.

The first advantage which is also a disadvantage is that while we are almost adults and we think like one we are still treated like a child, but we are not children. We are just in between them. I see this like an advantage because we aren’t yet used to being responsible with what we do and we can’t yet take fully care of ourselves. We are almost there but it’s still a long way. I see this like an disadvantage because we are now adults. We are thinking like an adult but we aren’t treated like one.

Another disadvantage is that we aren’t allowed to do some things. It’s in our nature to experiment new things but there are „forbidden”. In Romania „forbidden” is another word for „you can do that”. But that is, I think, available just in this country.

Then is the final advantage and disadvantage of our age which i think is the most important. The advantage is that these years are the best years of our lives and we will remember them for the rest of our life but the disadvantage is that you can go through them just once which means you shouldn’t have any regrets.

From my point of view, these are the most important disadvantages and advantages of being a teenager.

Alin B

Everyone was a teeneger. People who is now mature wold like to be a teenager again.

To be a teenager are some advantages and some disadvantages. One advantage is that every teenager can be carefree. they do not have to worry about anything. teenagers only have to go to school. They can go out with friends, go shopping, go to the some party and get some relax. They can do whatever they want to do.

One disadvantage of a teenager is that they can not undertake any decission. Anothers disadvantages are that they are not allow to drive a car, drink alcoholic drinks and smoking.

I think that the most important advantage of being a teenager is that you have a whole life ahead you.

Ramona

Every advantage has a disadvantage coming with it. Strengths can become greatest weaknesses at a glance. Same happens with what people like to call “the best years of our life” – adolescence.

It’s quite strange that anytime someone asks me about adolescence and what problems could I have as a teenager the first thing I could think about is a certain quote : “When I was little, my parents encouraged me to walk and talk; now all they want from me is sit down and shut up.” – this is a huge disadvantage. I don’t know if this is only our impression, but it seems like our opinion isn’t taken in count, not even as a child’s one. Why? I couldn’t answer. Which is the advantage of not being listened? Yes, there is one! We have the chance to be the ones to chide our parents : “You never listen to me and don’t care what I do, what I think!” Though, there is a part of this that I can’t understand either… Why every time they come up with the question “Ok, so what’s your problem then?” we answer “None of your business! This is my life, got it?” anyways.

Another problem/disadvantage of being a teenager is not having certain rights. They’ll tell you you’re too old too have the rights of a child, but not old enough to have the rights of an adult. Is there an advantage in this? It is! No certain rights, no certain responsibilities: they can’t give you neither the interdicts of a child, nor the responsibilities of an adult.

Another annoying, but still funny is the “She/He’s older than you!” situation. You don’t understand what I mean? Well, it’s pretty hard to understand for those who don’t have younger siblings. Just think of this situation : it’s quite later at night and you want to go out. Same does your younger brother/sister. Your parents allow you to leave, but your smaller brother/sister has to stay at home. The reason your parents give him/her? – “She/He’s older than you.” The conclusion leaves your brother/sister vexed and you satisfied. But there comes the disadvantage called “You’re older than him/her.” when it comes to house chores. “Till I come home I want you to tidy a bit the house, put those clothes into the washing machine…(undetermined length)”
“But why do I have to do all these things on my own? What about my brother?”
“Because you’re older!”

So here’s a little part of what means to be a teenager. Some might say it means the best part of your life. I haven’t lived too much parts of my life to make such comparisons. What I can affirm, though, is that someday, when I’ll be such old and have 100 cats, I will have many stories starting with “When I was younger…” to relate to my grandchildren.

Radu

I remember the time when my parents told me that the adolescence is the most beautiful period from our lives. At first I was a little bit confused and asked them why, although soon I was about to find the answer by my own.
When you say adolescence, you say high school, friendship, guitar, sunny days, our first kiss, books, gossips, contests and the list goes on.

In my opinion the first advantage in being an adolescent is the fact that the high school is changing our lives. Not only because we’re preparing for our future careers. It’s the time when we are strong enough to reach all our goals. I mean we are able to do the homework, learning for the next day and also relaxing with a guitar or body building if you’re a boy, or reading a book/ watching a movie with Brad Pit in a romantic role, if you’re a girl, all these activities in one day.

But you see, unfortunately some of us (meaning at all the adolescents) are using this “freedom” in not a quite useful way. I mean at the fact that we are a generation which is grown up faster than it’s time and this might be the reason for the youngsters from the 7th grade who started to smoke cigarettes, ganjas and also started to argue/ even fight with their families. In my opinion this would be the 1st disadvantage.

But probably the most important disadvantage is this kind of “war between the generations.” I’m taking it as a disadvantage because some of our parents are blaming us for using the ultimate drug – the internet, for too many times. Not once I’ve heard the words” searching things on internet AGAIN?” or “chatting with your friends AGAIN?” They don’t understand the fact that the internet is also the ultimate source for gaining information, not only for entertainment.

And at last, a second advantage would be the fact that we can discover different ways to relax, others than socializing on the internet or computer gaming. For me, as an adolescent I can say that music means everything, the main reason why I have learned how to play the guitar and I still wait for the day when I’ll sing with my friends on the beach on a summer night.

On the whole, we must take advantage of every of these moments because we will never have the occasion to gain access to these days in our 70s.

by Alexandru Atanasiu

Some say that teenagers today, in their desperate attempt for attention and to show their superiority to others their age, get caught by many traps, like smoking, alcohol and coffee drinking, and especially taking hallucinogen substances. But I think that all people in their teens were the same, just the temptations changed.

Two of the most dangerous of these are alcohol (especially drunk very much) and ethno-botanical origin drugs because of the immediate effects they have, one and the most important being the loss of contact with reality, this being the cause of many tragedies which happen to/with teenagers today.

Before getting to the physical and mental effects that drugs have on the organism, some of them (cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy etc.) are illegal to consume. The consummation of these substances can destroy a life even from this point of view. There are many stories on the internet of very good students who got caught in the drugs trap and ended up in prison for consuming or stealing to get money to buy more.

But even though there are anti-drug campaigns everywhere, the teenagers are fooled by legal drug shops, newly opened in eastern countries, which sell hallucinogen effect substances like cigars, powders and other spices. These attract young teenagers because they think that because if they are legal now, this means they aren’t as powerful as the illegal ones.

Here we have just a few long-term or short term effects of using some of these substances: addiction, strokes, hypothermia, dizziness, sleepiness, heart-problems, fainting, nausea, sweating, hallucinations, reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination (like driving a car), loss of memory, difficulties in speaking and even death from overdose. These are just a few of the effect that drugs can have on a consumer.

So, of all the temptations to which the teenager is exposed today, drugs, in my opinion, in ratio with the benefit which they give (a small period of euphoria and just an impression of being “cool”), are the most dangerous and unhealthy.

What means to be different

A few days ago I watched on TV the MTV Video Music Awards 2010 – also known as VMA. This year the ceremony took place on September 12th, in Los Angeles. I am sure that many of you know what this is about; the cable network MTV awards every year young singers – that’s why it is also called the ”Oscars for youth”.

This year Lady Gaga became the pop artist of the year with thirteen nominations and eight awards won. I don’t think there are many people in this world who haven’t even heard about her. An eccentric singer who shocks the public with her music, declarations and clips.

I must say that I do not particularly consider her a model for me or other teenagers. And I’m not writing this article to talk about “Lady Gaga phenomenon”. Actually, there is a part of this weird singer – like many of us may have dubbed her – that I would like to mark out.

Despite the fact that the others consider her unusual, bizarre, not talented, desperate for publicity and give her other negative attributes, she has the courage to be who she really is. But she also has lots of fans who can see beyond her crazy performances. They understand her music, lyrics and all the feelings that she lived and wants to hand over.

And I think we all can learn a big lesson from her – especially us, the teenagers. Many of us care so much to fit in a group, to be part of something, that we are capable of shameful compromises. We forget who we are because of the lack of courage and trust in ourselves. We forget that each of us is different and that’s exactly what makes life prettier: the new things that we find in the ones around us.

When we face a challenge, when we can show our selfhood in front of others, we usually give up. We let the fears, inhibitions and negative thoughts kill the confidence in ourselves. We prefer to let others enjoy our chance, we can’t break the ice, because “What would the others say if…?”.

I read somewhere a thing that I think is true: “there will always be around you people with little aims – most of them – and people who dream about flying with the eagles. They are considered people insane who think that can change the world. Despite of all the scepticism, the ones that live strong thrills are the ones with enterprising dreams.”

And I must confess that I really appreciate the few people who are conscious about their own value – people who are not afraid to be against the entire world, to express their own and unique opinions, even if they are wrong. But they are real, they show their personality. It’s so comfortable for us to say that we agree with the majority and sustain the same idea.

Maybe that’s not something general in the entire world nowadays, but I’m telling this from what I’ve seen in real life. I’m trying to promote as much as I can the self-confidence and the courage to be you with your thoughts, feelings, experiences and hopes. Because if we are all the same and we let us handled by the mediocre majority, we finish by being part of it.

Sometimes it is very hard for me, and maybe I am not the only one, but I just want to advice everyone, especially adolescents to be themselves and risk to do something wrong – you know, we learn so much from our own mistakes and they usually bring an improvement to our personality.

Loving hate

Crina’s poems

Hope has always trusted me with its secrets

As further than life’s soul gets.

For those who hope for silver dreams to fulfill,

Might end up in the rusted flames of kill…

For it is the divine will

Of one to seal

Eternity’s mortal shadow,

And twist the nights to follow,

Turning the moon to dust

And love to lust.

But the charm of one’s spirit

Shall never glow more than seen.

Pity how foolish figures made of mud

Will forever turn pure tears to blood…

And once more they close the gate

To open hearts towards clean hate…

White emotions that come from light

And no sign of vanity in sight,

Soon they all change to sweet disaster

For one whose heart dares to sigh faster…

Then wishes filled with pain start to appear

For there is no more life, and neither fear…

Eyes once opened are beginning to burn

As there is nothing more to learn

Than the heart taught the mind

After soul made it blind…

The ending’s emphasized by hate

As it forces its way into fate…

Back to school

It’s an old story for many of us, but I’ll say it anyway!

In June, when the summer holiday began, I felt relief, happiness because the hard time was over and the most relaxed / relaxing time of the year was there for me. You know, we all want to have time, just for ourselves…no strict schedule and all! But, after a while, when the weather became rainy and the temperatures went down, I started to miss the school. It’s kind of like prison. At first you can’t live with it, and then you can’t live without it. If you don’t know what I mean, you’ve got to watch The Shawshank Redemption (1994) ! So I’ve been waiting, along with many other students, for the school time to re-begin.

So far it’s been fun, you know: chatting with colleagues, the usual unavoidable gossip, the crowded inner yard, the long interesting speeches of our principal and mayor, new teachers, new class master, old teachers…school!

I would like to give a warm “WELCOME!” to the students of 9 A, the class where Ms. Melania Paduraru is the class master! I hope to see you soon writing posts on this blog! Believe me, it’s such a good way of practicing your English! A little advice: don’t cross some limits and you’ll have a great time with Ms. Paduraru as she is an extraordinary teacher and person (if YOU don’t make her treat you otherwise)! Don’t let 2,3,4 jerks ruin your class ! (Trust me; I’ve got a lot of experience!)

Dear reader, tell me how was your first day back to school!

A new poem by Crina Veres


Why is it that in scarlet would one’s heart collapse,

While the mind disintegrates in darkness?

How can the eye’s pearl so white,

Can in reality be a coal that fades in sight?
How can solid be liquid and liquid be gas,

And nothing resembles to what’s painted in glass?

Heat of sweet blood floods the entire soul,

And soon one’s mind goes blind, loosing its owl.

Curling inside the one to pump fast,

The never fading dream of lust shall last…

And once the essence is conquered by desire,

The unknown shall once again feed the restless fire…

This is the storm of two hearts that collide,

But once in harmony, the passion subsides…

Secrets of a pretty face

This is a poem about what being a woman involves… Do not be deceived by the perfect look.”


The perfect image I see in the mirror is still mine…

So elegant, so polished….Looks like I’m fine.

Looks so distinguished and cold,

Never tired and forever bold.

My lipstick is still scarlet red

Despite all the things I’ve said…

No dripping eyeliner for me

In spite of everything I could see…

My cheeks blush so full of life,

Even after his decision cut me like a knife…

My hair still stays in place

With the same curly lock across my face…

My pearls shall make me shine

As I pretend I am not the one to whine…

I shall not cry over spilt milk,

Instead I shall spoil my femininity with silk.

My image shall not speak of my state

And it shall not reveal my fate…

Because that’s a woman’s honorable mission:

Look impeccable and never talk of her condition.

Image taken from > http://www.hollywoodnoise.com/home.php?cat=263

Marylin Monroe

According to Wikipedia, “Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. Copyright does not protect ideas, only their expression or fixation.

According to common use, copy-paste is the simplest method of ‘stealing’ someone’s original work/expression of ideas. Unfortunately, this still is common practice among students in Romanian schools when they are requested to write a report/paper/article for one subject or the other. In recent years though, teachers all over Romania have been paying more and more attention to papers their students are handing in and the copy-paste practice is slowly but steadily losing ground.

People who feel they have something to say and want to share their feelings, ideas and/or opinions in writing – not only, but especially when publishing their writing – should be aware that:

- anyone can make use of quotations, provided they put the words/sentence/paragraph between quotation marks (“…”);

- the credits for the quotations should be given either before it (e.g. As X Y said in his article/novel, “…” ) or after it, in paranthesis (e.g. “…” (X Y, Title of article/novel));

- by copy-pasting as little as a sentence from someone else’s writing and not crediting that writer, the author signing the article gives any reader the impression that they have come up with all the ideas and/or opinions expressed there;

- by not crediting the real author, the person signing the article claims that all the ideas expressed there are their own, deprives the real author of their ownership of that idea and misleads the reader;

- copyright applies to anything that is an original creation, be it a piece of writing, a photo, a musical piece, an art piece,  or some lyrics; “copyright now covers a wide range of works, including maps, dramatic works, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, motion pictures and computer programs” says Wikipedia.

To avoid unpleasant situations such as the one mentioned in Adrian’s latest post at #13, everyone should know that:

- a responsible teacher should always check to what extent a student’s written work is original, especially when they recognise a certain sequence of words;

- forgetting to correctly mark quoted text and credit it is the most common excuse for not having done it and it wouldn’t stand as evidence in case the real author sued the absent-minded person who copied their words;

- anyone can copy a sequence of 5-7 words, put it between quotation marks on Google search and check if that expression is original or has previously been used by a different author;

- ideas can be (and are often) copied, but there are only two ways of doing it: either by quoting the original expression of the ideas and crediting the original author or by rephrasing/paraphrasing the ideas.

Teach

Part 8: Other comments

Other comments of mine:

Well, you’re still doing this because you’re enjoying it just as much as I do!

Yes! I totally agree with you! Interpreting a poet using clichés, patterns is a more likely to be wrong. Yes, for instance (I am sure you already know that) poems like “Lacul” (“The Lake”) or “Sara pe deal” (“Evening on the hill”) were thought to express Eminescu’s love for Veronica Micle. That was happening when he was still alive. Nowadays, it is thought that his poems in that…series express the “ideal love for the ideal woman”. But that’s the beauty in poetry. The subjectivity. I’m lucky to have had teachers that have been open for interpretations and have not been “stuck into certain clichés “they learned in school.

1)      The “issues” I didn’t agree with you when reading your poem were “men vs. women” and “religion itself”.

2)      Well, you can ask anybody who has known me for at least 5 years and that person would tell you that I had always been like this. I am not “revolutionary”! I am not trying to change anything, as I know I can’t. I’m not trying to change you. I am just having with you a very interesting discussion! If you think I am only against what you say, you are wrong.

Well, that’s what I like to do –interpret every little detail. It is because I am a pretty meticulous person. And patient too.

One of my biggest intellectual pleasure is to take a subject and try to convince myself of something and then try to convince myself of the exact opposite thing. It really helps very much. I know I would be a deadly politician if I didn’t hate so many aspects of being one. I know that sounded very arrogant to you, but that was the idea! You see, I use my arrogance with people to say that I don’t care about their opinion, even if that’s not totally true. I’m not the first one!

3)      I am a two-sided person because I had to adapt. For a very long time (in my opinion) I had been my mother’s child. And by that, I don’t mean spoiled, but protected, meaning that my mom would take most of decisions and deal with … other persons for me. That happened until my father’s death (when I was almost 10 years old), when mom decided to give up being a “full time mother” for being a father and a mother. She’s mostly a father these days, which I know it is a good thing and a bad thing. But I don’t complain! My point was that I had to be adaptive. I had to change from the introverted, calm person I had always been (and still am deep inside — my friends know that) to a more extroverted and caustic guy in order to deal with people who would see me as inferior or unimportant, to survive in a tough man’s world. So there are times I put the mask and times I take it off.

4)      Yes, I totally agree with you there!

5)      Dear, I think you misread me this time. I know you wrote a poem, not an article. I want you to show me proves that I contradicted myself before. Examples and explanations, because instead of that, before you just told me that I am in my teens and that’s why I contradict myself. I want to see the contradiction/s in article “Men & Women | Re: Beliefs” written on Aug 21st, 2010!

6)      Yes, you can call it extreme, but it’s actually a form of respect from me. If you prefer to be lied to, if you want me to be polite with you, that’s perfect, I can do that too.

7)      Yes, you are partially right about that. I think your opinion was manipulated a bit by propaganda. I translated an article about witchcraft accusations. You can find it here: http://callatishigh.edublogs.org/2010/09/03/what-happened-to-to-most-people-accused-of-witchcraft-in-england/

Do not take me wrong. I am not saying that what you are stating is completely wrong.

8)      I totally agree with you, or to be more precise, we agree about that!

9)      No, I totally hate stereotypes! You are right and by the way even if it is known that men are the best cooks, most of the cooks are women, so women “own” this area!

10)  -

11)  Yes, so you didn’t really contradict me on that one.

12)  So men get more girly. That is good! It is also bad, because in time it may affect the existence of our species!

13)  Sorry for that. It was not a way of intimidating/making you! At the time I wrote that article, I was very angry at Mrs. Paduraru because she thought I tried to assume a paragraph taken from a book, when it was just a matter of forgetting about it when posting. She kindly tried to cover that up by deleting my post, but I cleared the matter. The point is that I wrote the links to the Macmillan dictionary so that no one would think I was trying to assume that definition as mine/made by me. Sarcasm that I regret now, I know it was pretty childish! I am sorry!

14)  The only issue for me that came with the “teens” is dealing with some adults, which, I know, is an old story.

15)  Even if it will end soon , I am already waiting for the next one as it has been a pleasure!

They were acquitted – and even if they would have been found guilty they had been hanged, not burned at the stake!

In his work about witch-hunting in the XVII-th century, Witchfinders (2005), Malcom Gaskill says that popular perception (encouraged by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code), according to which 5 million women accused of witchcraft were burned at stake in Europe between 1450 and 1750, is exaggerated. He thinks, just like the historians studying that period of time, that 40 000 is the number closest to reality, of which a quarter were men.

In England, there had been just 200 executions that took place after witchcraft allegationst. Almost all of them were hanged. In Scotland, France, Germany and Italy, the ones accused of witchcraft were burned at stake, but even then, there existed the custom of strangling the victim at the stake and then burned afterwards. The condemned ones were not burned alive.

In England, between 1440 and 1650, only one “witch” was burned at the stake, in an entire century.

Margery Jordemaine, the “Witch of Eye” was burned at Smithfield, England on October 27, 1441.

Isabella Billington, was burned in York in 1650 (though was firstly hanged). Isabel Cockie had the same fate in 1596.

In England, witchcraft accusations did not necessarily lead to the death penalty. The church, often accused of persecuting witches, was not involved in those trials. The accusers were obliged to present serious evidence showing that a witch had done much harm to them. Surprisingly, the English jurors were not easily convinced. 75% of the trials ended up with the acquittal of the alleged witches.

Contrary to popular belief, according to which bloodthirsty crowds would go witch-hunting, it seems that this idea encountered a lot of resistance from jurors and ordinary people as well – superstitious, they weren’t seeing this sort of practice with good eyes, considering it very costly and that it troubled the public order/peace.

For instance, the stake that Isabel Cockie as burned at cost 105 pounds and 4 pence: the equivalent of nowadays £1000.

P.S. The information in this article is not the result my work/research. It was taken from a book and translated into English. At least for now, I don’t want to give in the title of the book, because I want you to stay tuned for the next articles from the series “Did you know?” Thank you for understanding!

Comment:
I don’t even know why I am still doing this…seems to me like we’re talking about completely different things.

Now I get that interpreting Eminescu’s poems in the way we do in school is more likely to be wrong, and that the poet didn’t really mean what we’re thinking of.

1. I don’t get how you got from my poetry to so many facts that have really nothing to do with it (it all started with differences between men and women….and THAT wasn’t the issue)

2. I am not arrogant but I have read psychology books enough to understand that in your teens you’re more of a “revolutionary” type. And yes I got past that because I am turning 19 soon. Somewhere at the age of 17 you’ll relax a bit. Trust me. (and no I am not saying this as “your superior”; actually the fact that you interpret EVERYTHING in detail does not mean that person meant what you think she/he meant…you’re just interpreting everything I say)

3. I am very calm person (nowadays…because I didn’t use to be this way) so I am going to say this one more time: my poem is about what I see not about what you see. So basically it can be “far-fetched” in YOUR opinion, but in other people’s opinion it might just be exactly what they think. (I have a deviantart account and most of them agree with me because they take it strictly as ART…not facts…not science… ART)

4. ART is all about feeling…experiencing and letting it out. And that’s why it is constantly new; because we are all different and we all have different ways of feeling, loving, letting it all go…etc

5. I don’t need PROOF. Because this isn’t an article. It is a poem.  And a poem is not about proof.

6. About the language. Long story short: this looks like a battle between Eminem and Will Smith. They both have powerful lyrics, yet one of them is “a bit” rude, and goes into extremes.

7. For your information, inquisition has killed women who were thought to be witches. I am relating strictly to that aspect. Witches were those who had knowledge about the nature and spirituality: priestesses, apothecaries, “nurses” and women who understood the usage of certain plants for certain needs. Back then they were punished even because of using herbs to calm the pains women felt when in labor. It was considered wrong to calm the pain because “women should suffer for what Eve did”.
Now do you understand what I meant when I told you to look into inquisition?
This is the difference between men and women. Men take things as they seem and never look for details.

8. Successful people. Yes, the true successful people understand the value of both men and women. And when I say success I mean SUCCESS! When you have a company only with men or women, it goes down. If a woman does a job better than a man, she should be given a chance. If a man does a job better than women, hes should also be given a chance.

9. I do hope you don’t believe in stereotypes. Because it is well known that men are better cooks, and women happen to be better lawyers. (unlike what it was thought in past years) The title can be deceiving.

10. It would be very easy for me to search the internet and give you 20-30 bullet points about this matter because it is complex. But I chose not to because I am aware of all the information one can find on the internet. The thing is…I don’t want to. :) This wasn’t about proof. I don’t have to PROOVE my poem. (PS: women don’t talk for the sake of it…if that’s what you meant)

11. Emotional intelligence is about knowing your emotions, controlling them and releasing them (or not!) so that one can achieve better results (at home , work…) and having a balanced life. It doesn’t mean that women are more emotional than men. AGAIN! It is vice verse. :)

12. I am going to fill you up on a little piece of information I have (just for the fun of it) on chromosome Y. There is a little relationship to that and the equality I was talking about earlier. It seems that the Y chromosome is getting smaller and smaller every year. This is the reason why men started to act more like women in some cases and mostly why men have more girl features than they used to.
These are reasons to make a male more tolerant towards the “women issue”.  And one more important aspect in the equality issue (which is not 100% complete YET… but in years to come it will be if women stand up and fight and have men to help them as well) is what psychologists call “ANIMA”. The female side of a man’s soul. It can be more pronounced in some cases and so men feel a different approach towards women…a different and more tight connection to their “world” (some turn out to be gay…but that is a different discussion- kidding!). In other cases (fewer nowadays) it can be practically nonexistent. And thus the idea of men must not show emotions or get in touch with their emotions. (which isn’t the greatest idea because if you think about it…we’re all human beings and we all have emotions – and LOGISTICS!)

13. I am going to kindly ask you to stop sending me to dictionaries because I know what those words mean. If that was a way of intimidating /mocking me, then I am afraid you didn’t find the right person.:) (and you said I was arrogant… )

14. About the “teens” comment. I didn’t expect you to take it well but neither did I think you’d feel offended about something you cannot control.  I meant we’ve all been there. And in your teens you start being more fired up about things more than you were when you were younger. When I say in “search of personality” I state what psychologists say (only I don’t send you to articles because I thought you knew about this; sorry). The 7 years have nothing to do with our discussion about teenagers. This is a time when you find yourself, all by yourself! And thus your beliefs change, and you are mostly in one extreme or another…barely (or maybe NEVER) in between.  It wasn’t a cliche (should I take your advise and send you to a dictionary? No, because I understand the context you used it in.) And no, I wasn’t attacking you, I was actually amused by how fired up you can get. (which reminds me of me in my teens…the peak of my fiery personality; get it? ok)

15.I don’t expect this discussion to end too soon…
Careful on how you speak. Because although I know you’re not a sexist…you have this tendency to put men above women in your arguments (maybe without noticing; we all make mistakes; )

Good day!

I almost forgot!
16. I agree about the whole it’s man’s world. MY POINT EXACTLY! Cruel, but TRUE!
(PS:  Some women ruin it for others who are true power players! And that is what feminism is all about: they want to be equal, but they still expect men  to open the door for them. )

My comment:

1)      Great! I’m glad that we finally agree about something! Thank you!

2)      You see, I told you that I use radical honesty. I don’t hide that I was pretty happy that you replied to my comments, but pretty anxious about some of the things you said. I know I can be a real pain in …  ! It happens quite often (yes, I was always like this, unfortunately, and by the way I was neither spoiled, nor grew up by grandparents,)! I hope this isn’t such a big problem, because I really love having (even contradictory) discussions with you. One of the smartest persons I know, a true challenge!

3)      That is actually pretty coyly, you know! Impolite words.

Polite – someone who is polite behaves towards other people in a pleasant way that follows all the usual rules of society (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/polite#politeness or just type in “polite” in the search box in the sidebar) In other words, politeness means lying to protect yourself, because it is correct that if you tell everyone the truth, everything that you think about them, then there would be no society, there would be pure Darwinism, pure jungle, pure anarchy, so  it really would be better for me to hide more behind words!

ART! Yes, I agree with you that it takes some knowledge and talent to express yourself. You write poetry, which is great and I admit that I am the last one to judge that! I play the piano. Yes, it started like a pretty unpleasant thing that my parents made me do, as back then I was 7 years old and, believe me, it’s a thing that requires a lot of patience and focus. But after some years, it became a passion. It is a passion. I know it is unique the feeling of “giving life” to words, or in my case sounds! I may appear a pretty insensitive and annoying guy, but that’s only half true.

4)      You see, I’ve got this problem. Actually I think it is a men related problem. When they talk, men usually transmit information, facts, data and expect the same from the others (that’s one of the big issues between men and women)! Women on the other hand, they talk for the pleasure of talking, that is to relax themselves, and then to transmit emotions, feelings, experiences to others. So, what I expected from you was to give PROOFS, examples and explanations to me about where and how I contradict myself! Instead, dear, you told me that I am searching for my personality. You should know that the personality of an individual is “found”/formed in the first 7 years of life. That is really why they are called something like “The 7 years of staying home” (you know what I mean). Ask anybody: I’ve always been like this.

“I can only relate to my personal experience when I say that it is understandable.”  So you are above/past these things?! That sounds really arrogant! (That means I pushed your buttons! Sorry, not intended! Ok, ok just a little bit, just for the fun of it, but admit it, you love to do it too!) “teens” that sounds like a cliché!

5)      I thought we were actually discussing facts about your poem, not the artistic part! Ok, I did not understand what a poem truly means! Why don’t you please explain it to me and see if I follow up!

No, I am not trying to change your poem/opinions/feelings! I’m just trying to convince myself of what you wrote. In my opinion, what you wrote doesn’t seem to me that hard to understand or decrypt as you didn’t use that many symbols or figures of speech!

6)      Please take your time and read again my other comments about your poem, because I didn’t talk only about men and women. “Did it ever occur to you that they complete each other without the need of one manipulating another” Let me get this straight? You think that most men and women (because all is an impossibility for everything) complete each other and don’t need to manipulate each other. Don’t tell me you are that naive, because you are NOT!

7)      to manipulate – to influence someone, or to control something, in a clever or dishonest way (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/manipulate)

You said: “My poetry was mostly about how men use religion as a tool to manipulate other men and mostly WOMEN.”

After my knowledge, inquisition was all about political power of the Roman Catholic Church and its major role in the society of that time. You refer to the thing that people (women and men) were even tortured to obey the “canon law”. Well, that isn’t manipulation, because it wasn’t “clever” or just “dishonest”. Inquisition meant fear mostly and it was NOT sexist!

8)      I didn’t put words in your mouth. I thought you were referring to the modern days, where modern women are no longer forced by for example the inquisition, to obey.

Emotional intelligence. Men hide most of their emotions. I want to quote again from Allan and Barbara Pease to support that affirmation;

“WHY MEN HIDE THEIR EMOTIONS? Modern men still carry the ancient legacy of being brave and showing no weaknesses. Women everywhere ask, ‘Why does he always have to be so strong? Why can’t he just show me how he feels?’ ‘When he’s angry or upset he bottles it up and becomes cut-off or distant.’ ‘It’s like pulling teeth to get him to discuss his problems.’ By nature, a man is suspicious, competitive, controlled, defensive and a loner who hides his emotional state to stay in control. For men, becoming emotional is seen as being out of control. Social conditioning reinforces these behaviors in men by teaching them to ‘act like a man’, ‘put on a brave face’ and ‘boys don’t cry’. As a nest-defender, a woman’s brain is pre-wired to be open, trusting, co-operative, show vulnerability, reveal emotions and know it’s not necessary to stay in control all the time. This is why, when a man and woman encounter problems together, each is confused about the other’s reaction.”

9)      Don’t worry!

p.s. Ok. So if people nowadays understand what equality means, then how come a woman is still paid less than a man with the same job? That is a fact and SURPRISE: I DO CONSIDER IT A PROBLEM! A BIG ONE!

Being a career is and always be a problem. Why do you think unmarried women are proffered when hiring? Sometimes, they are not “good business”, because when they get pregnant they’ve got to be paid a certain percentage of the salary during the prenatal and postnatal …vacation. After that, they are more likely to refuse staying for over time at work to get home and be with the children. If we think it political or moral then it is WRONG and I agree with you! But it can’t be changed, as private firms will always do what they consider best for their interest!

Another thing. I am quite interested in politics. In foreign countries, there are many successful and powerful women. In Romania, I’ve seen another issue. Some women that consider themselves “versed politicians” whenever they are attacked or caught with something by a man (and I don’t mean personal attacks, or offenses), they victimize themselves and say they are  victims of sexism. Politics is not easy. If you want to be equal, you’ve got to expect to be treated like an equal! Men fight, attack each other in politics. If those women want to be treated equally, they’ve got to stop crying and fight back. Again, I was referring to SOME women in Romanian politics, not all of them.

It is still a men`s world and women have to act like men to survive in it!

Crina’s comment:
Ok I’m going to keep it even shorter. (random order)

1. Nope, I was never angry at what you posted. Why would I be? It was just a small observation in order for you to watch your language. (PS: I do not consider myself stupid.)

2. I still prefer you would keep your opinions as OPINIONS and not generalize as well as stop putting words in my mouth. “Rhetorical” questions answered afterward by you are a bit irritating.

3. I understand you’re a bold young man who has opinions and wants to express himself but you must learn that speaking/commenting/exposing ideas etc is somewhat an “art”. Therefore using (let’s call them) impolite words decreases its value.

4. Yes dear you are contradicting yourself because you (from what I see) are still in search for your personality. That also shows that you must be in your teens; I can only relate to my personal experience when I say that it is understandable.

5. This should have been the first thing… It seems that you did not understand the substance of this poem and what a poem truly means. You can’t change my poem/opinions/feelings. And THIS shall be the end of the story.

6. I strongly suggest you’d take your time when reading a poem. Don’t jump to conclusions because instead of talking about the actual meaning, you just started telling me about how men and women are different.  Did it ever occur to you that they complete each other without the need of one manipulating another?

7. Read about the inquisition.

8.I would kindly ask you again to stop putting words in my mouth when you try to make your point. Because I never said that women are less intelligent. The reason they’re not reacting too much is because of their emotional intelligence. (something men lack)
Most would prefer to stay calm rather than fight.

9. If you don’t allow times to change then you might end up living in the past. :)
(ps: Times changed and basically successful people of nowadays understand what equality truly means. Your idea of equality is limited by prejudices and stereotypes. Careful because men are not completely in control anymore. You wouldn’t want to offend the wrong person. :) )

*This article was posted earlier on the blog, but was deleted by ”Melania Paduraru” because she found a part of paragraph copied from a book written by Allan & Barbara Pease (I am sorry, but I really don’t know which, and that’s because I actually copied it from one of my documents with favorite quotes from books)! I’m sorry for not marking it in any way then (it was 2 o’clock in the morning when I wrote the article)! The certain paragraph is now written in Italics at 2. Please don’t start being hypocrite. Just because it is not my original idea, does NOT decrease the value of it.

This article was designed as a response to Crina’s response to my response to Crina’s article “Beliefs” (I know, it sounds really complicated or funny!), so most of the “you” words were directed to Crina, not to you, the usual reader (if there is any…).

Crina, first of all, I’d like to thank you a lot for organizing your article by numbering the ideas — I consider it the smartest thing these days! Therefore, my answers will be numbered as well:

1. I did not judge the artistic value of your poem! Poetry, like any form of art, is subjective, so a poem can’t be good or bad. Any poem has a message that goes with the pure art. I mean, it is not just words put together with a rhyme and measure, right? There is some data, information … facts that go along with the art. It is a free country because about 20 years ago, people died for that freedom. I don’t say that you are wrong as in “all wrong”. I say that your message is far-fetched.

2. I am sure of my opinions! In the paragraph that you quoted “I consider … inappropriate for a woman to want to run a shipyard”, I was saying that running a shipyard defeminizes a women. I mean, I don`t consider pleasant for a woman to be in contact with more or less educated men and brute physical work. + Boys` toys! Didn`t get what I mean?

When you were a kid, did you play with dolls or cars, robots, toy soldiers, plastic guns and tools that your father uses to repair stuff in the house? I thought so! „For most of the 20th Century differences between sexes were explained away by social conditioning; To be more specific, we are who we are because of our parents’ and teachers’ attitudes which, in turn, reflected the attitudes of their society. Usually, baby girls were dressed in pink and given dolls to play with while baby boys were dressed in blue and given toy soldiers and football jerseys. Young girls were cuddled and touched while boys were thumped on the back and told not to cry. Until recently, it was believed that when a baby was born its mind was a clean slate on which its teachers could write its choices and preferences. The biological evidence now available, however, shows a somewhat different picture of why we think the way we do. It shows convincingly that it is our hormones and brain wiring that are largely responsible for our attitudes, preferences and behavior. This means that if boys and girls grew up on a deserted island with no organized society or parents to guide them, girls would still cuddle, touch, make friends and play with dolls, while boys would compete mentally and physically with each other and form groups with a clear hierarchy. Those who resist the idea that our biology affects our behavior often do so with the best of intentions – they oppose sexism, like you. But they are confused about the difference between equal and identical which are two completely different issues.”

3. Yes, there are MEN’s jobs and WOMEN’s jobs. I’m not saying that a woman CAN’T do any job that a man can do (or vice versa), I’m saying that some things are simpler/easier for women as well as some are for men. For instance, do you know any woman that works in a control tower, you know, at airports? They are very, very few. In fact, 94% of air traffic controllers are men. Most girls/teenagers/women don’t even consider that when thinking about their future career. Why do you think that happens? Well, because women don’t usually like space related things! They are preferred by men. I know, you are waiting for me to say something about men. Here you go! Most men can’t talk with someone over the phone with the radio on, because they are distracted by it. Most men would miss the exit on a motorway if their wife would be talking to them. Another thing, there are more women teachers at our school, than men, and that is also because dealing/taking care of the offsprings is a usually a woman related thing. Women are the best at everything that has to do with feelings, emotions.

So, a particular individual may be able to do anything well, but there are jobs that usually women do, and jobs that usually men do! End of story!

4. Well, yes, religion is a thing “made and applied” by men mostly. That’s because a clear hierarchy was and is a men related thing/need. Basically, the one who has the most physical power feels the need to have other people (less powerful) obeying him. And basically, that’s where the idea of organized society and religion comes. So, because men usually have more physical power, they had to bring the idea of religion.

God is NOT a man or a woman. If you are referring to the biblical thing that sounds like “Man is made in the image of God”, then it’s just an unfortunate interpretation, I’m sorry to say! BUT, if the bible really says that we are some kind of poor copies of God (which is hilarious to me), then, we shall just think for a moment, how many educated men were there when the Bible was written. How do you expect a simple uneducated man to understand that God is everything that is good? It’s not much of an authority in that image! In fact, it isn’t an image at all! If you read the Bible written in English, you shall see that sometimes God is referred to as “He!”, matter that is completely understandable, as a woman, that has less physical power, is less likely to be an authority to most people! You know, even in Christianity, nowadays, there are people that do the same mistake that has been done for thousands of years: assuming that God has a gender! Not believing in something that we can’t at least imagine!

5. Religion is more often accepted/embraced by stupid people, because it provides simple answers and explanations to many things, in fact everything. You rarely see a scientist being religious!

6. I’m glad you said that. I recently embraced “radical honesty”, because not telling what you think is a lie, a sin if you prefer. In a simple conversation when 2 people meet on the street, they tell an average of 3 lies in 10 minutes. I believe that lying is one of the things that makes people less creative, less original. I really liked the part “you’d state that some of the ones writing and posting on this blog are stupid”. Distanced language! Shows you’ve got some anger there ;)! And the “Thanks?” part is marvelous ;) ! There is no secret that you were actually referring to yourself mostly! You are wondering if I called you stupid. You decide! I stated that religion is used funny (WRONGLY) by stupid people, not that all the religious men are stupid. I also stated that “men are stupid and can`t be told to do well and be good for their own peace of mind and well being”. Well, how do you consider someone who can’t “do well and be good for his/her own peace of mind and well being” without the authority of a God? Smart? No, I think that kind of human being is STUPID, UNEVOLVED, RETARDED! I have a clear conscious now, because I made the effort of explaining myself!

7. Men used religion to manipulate other people! If you say there are more women MANIPULATED by religion, then you are saying that women are less intelligent than man /;) !

8. The “contradiction part”. By equal chances I will refer to what I wrote earlier at 3. and add that everyone should be given a shot to do anything!

“Many people, correction: stupid people, try to use God in silly ways” & “I know that most probably, as an ordinary middle aged man, I will lose faith in myself and start to have faith in God”

I don`t see a contradiction in the phrases above. /;) ! By saying, “I know that most probably, as an ordinary middle aged man, I will lose faith in myself and start to have faith in God”, I meant that I would not be the first, nor the last man to change his beliefs! It’s the irony of life! I don’t contradict myself, as I did never say that I will ALWAYS believe in one thing or another!

9. I`m thrilled too that someone is actually reading this blog and responding challengingly! Thank you a lot! I think the “problem” with our blog not being particularly popular is that it is an “EDU” blog. EDU, which stands for “educational” seems to most people rather boring than interesting! I think we’ll just have to deal with it! Just for your information, I’m not saying it as a personal opinion. Every single person that I asked about this issue has confirmed that the “edu” thing sales worse than anything else, unfortunately!

Crina’s reply to Adrian’s post on “Men and women” (initially, Crina sent this as a comment to Adrian’s post in which he referred to her poem, but I decided that Crina’s answer is too good to be ‘hidden’ under a simple comment… Don’t you agree?)

Here we go again…

I’m going to keep this very short.
1. My poem was written from my perspective and thus you cannot in any form say I was wrong. Poetry is about feeling not about facts.

2. Putting together an article in which you pretend to believe in the equality of the genders but then state  “I consider … inappropriate for a woman to want to run a shipyard”… it just looks to me that you are not sure of your own opinions. You as many other people (PEOPLE not MEN; ok?) say that you support equality but in the back of your mind, you don’t.

3. There is no MEN’s jobs and WOMEN’s jobs.

4. Religion is made by men and applied by them as well. As you probably noticed, women are the ones to give life and still God is not considered a woman. :)

5. Although I cannot say I agree completely with religion, it is helping people escape the cruel reality. And that is not because they are stupid.

6. I wanted to get past this but… I do suggest you watch your language when saying that religion is for stupid people because then you’d state that some of the ones writing and posting on this blog are stupid… Thanks?

7. My poetry was mostly about how men use religion as a tool to manipulate other men and mostly WOMEN.

8. From this post I can see how you constantly contradict yourself.
“I consider … inappropriate for a woman to want to run a shipyard, but I believe in equal chances”

“Many people, correction: stupid people, try to use God in silly ways” & “I know that most probably, as an ordinary middle aged man, I will lose faith in myself and start to have faith in God”

9. Thank you for posting.
I am thrilled that people take their time to read my poems, and for that I thank you. :)

I`m just guessing here, but I think that now you are saying to yourself: “No! You`re not going to get me with this one too! I don’t want to answer this question!”.

Even if that is the case, you won`t be less surprised!

Well, surprise! It’s a mushroom. (I now, very disappointing!)

And it’s not even a particularly rare one. You’ve probably seen the honey fungus (Armillaria ostoyae) in your grandparents` garden, growing on a dead tree stump. If you haven`t, then take a look:

honey-mushrooms

For your sake, let’s hope it doesn’t reach the size of the largest recorded specimen, in Malheur National Forest in Oregon. It covers 890 hectares and is between 2000 and 8000 years old. Most of it is underground in the form of a massive mat of tentacle-like white mycelia / mycelium (the mushroom’s equivalent of roots). These spread along tree roots, killing the trees and peeping up through the soil occasionally as innocent-looking clumps of honey mushrooms.

The giant honey fungus of Oregon was initially thought to grow in separate clusters throughout the forest, but researchers have now confirmed it is the world’s single biggest organism, connected under the soil.

Leave me a comment and tell me your opinion about this “disappointment” that came straight from “mother nature”!

P.S. The information in this article is not the result my work/research. It was taken from a book and translated into English. At least for now, I don’t want to give in the title of the book, because I want you to stay tuned for the next articles from the series “Did you know?” Thank you for understanding!

I know, you`re saying to yourself right now: “That is an easy one! Who doesn`t know the answer to this question?! Of course, Everest, duuh!”

Well if that the case then you are terribly WRONG.

(Don`t worry, you are certainly NOT the only! For example, I was wrong too when I was first answered this tricky question!)

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea, which is the highest point on the island of Hawaii.

The inactive volcano is a modest 4206 meters above sea level, but when measured from the seabed to its summit, it is 10200 meters high – which is about 1200 meters taller than Mount Everest.

As far as mountains are concerned, the current convention is that “highest” means measured from sea level to summit; “tallest” means measured from the bottom of the mountain to the top.

So, while Mount Everest, at 8848 meters, is the highest mountain in the world, it is not the tallest.

Everest

Measuring mountains is trickier than it looks. It’s easy enough to see where the top is, but where exactly is the bottom of a mountain?

For example, some argue that Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – at 5895 meters – is taller than Everest because it rises straight out of the African plain, whereas Everest is merely one of many peaks topping the enormous base of the Himalayas, shared by the world’s next thirteen highest mountains.

Others claim that the most logical measure ought to be the distance of a mountain’s peak from the center of the Earth.

Because the Earth is a flattened rather than a perfect sphere, the equator is about thirteen miles further from the center of the Earth than the poles.

This is good news for the reputation of those mountains that are very close to the equator – like Mount Chimborazo in the Andes – but it also means accepting that even the beaches in Ecuador are higher than the Himalayas.

Though massive, the Himalayas are surprisingly young. When they were formed, the dinosaurs had been dead for twenty-five million years.

In Nepal, Everest is known as Chomolungma (Mother of the Universe). In Tibet, it is called Sagamartha (Forehead of the Sky). Like any healthy youngster, it is still growing, at the not very exciting rate of 4 mm a year.

Tell me, doesn’t this prove how fragile our knowledge that we got from school is? It was for me.

Leave a comment and tell me your opinion.

P.S. The information in this article is not the result my work/research. It was taken from a book and translated into English. At least for now, I don’t want to give in the title of the book, because I want you to stay tuned for the next articles from the series “Did you know?” Thank you for understanding!

Men & Women | Re: Beliefs

I have some comments about Crina`s article, “Beliefs”, and I took advantage of the fact that I can write articles here.

1. You are right, but wrong about men who have been “above” women for no reason at all. Try to think it my way: it couldn`t happen any other way and men are not above women, they are just different!

Men and women have evolved differently because they had to. Men hunted, women gathered. Men protected, women nurtured. As a result, their bodies and brains evolved in completely different ways.

As their bodies physically changed to adapt to their specific functions, so did their minds. Men grew taller and stronger than most women, while their brains developed to suit their tasks. Women were mostly content for men to work away as they kept the cave fires burning, and their brains evolved to cope with their function in life.

Therefore, I consider wrong for women to want to do men`s job and for men to want to do women`s job if they don’t have to. Over millions of years, the brain structures of men and women thus continued to change in different ways. Now, we know the sexes process information differently. They think differently. They believe different things. They have different perceptions, priorities and behaviors. To pretend otherwise, is a recipe for heartache, confusion and disillusionment all your life.

Please, don`t take me wrong. I consider wrong for men to … forbid women to do some things (and vice versa) or to have prejudices about someone as everyone should be taken as an individual. I consider … inappropriate for a woman to want to run a shipyard, but I believe in equal chances and anyone should always be allowed to have his/her chance to do something.

2. I could say that I kind of lost faith in God since I lost my father (and you cannot blame me), but I still have faith in myself, and I consider it an essential thing, because if I don`t even have faith in myself, how can I ever expect others to do so.

God is a two sided thing. They say that if God does not exist and you have faith in Him, you don`t lose anything, but if God does exist and you do not believe in Him, you lose everything. It may be true, but I take my chances.

God, religion was created by men in early prehistory as something to keep the order, as a form of justice that would be served inevitably after and before one dies. As man evolved and became what we call today intelligent, man started to need HOPE. And God was there for it, like an insurance policy “Don`t worry, God will always be there for you!”

God was invented because most men are stupid and can`t be told to do well and be good for their own peace of mind and well being.

I know that all that major religions say, in essence, is correct and profoundly moral, but for now I believe in myself instead of a God!

Many people, correction: stupid people, try to use God in silly ways like: “God, please help me win the lottery as I did not sin … in the last 2 hours” or “God, please punish the idiot that scratched my car / stole my wallet as you know I am a good Christian!” – That I consider purely stupid! I wonder how do these people manage to survive!?

Yeah, ok, I know that most probably, as an ordinary middle aged man, I will lose faith in myself and start to have faith in God, but that`s the point, that`s why God was invented, to help us not go crazy, or work wrong in any way!

Beliefs

by Crina Veres

I believe in a God who loves all the creatures

Despite their nature and physical features.

I believe in a God who  understands  our nature

And one who tries hard to protect our future.

But I shall never believe in the God full of indulgence

Towards men who seek power, lust and vengeance

In  order to succeed in their fight between genders;

A fight in which women are forced to surrender…

My God does not think of women as passive

And did not wish them to become submissive

To creatures they should care for in order to succeed

Giving life to new bodies and perpetuate their breed…

My God never backstabbed the powerful women

Who did not wish to keep their heads down back then,

In the times when knowledge represented sin

But only if women possessed this power within.

I don’t wish to judge the divinity

Nor to doubt its sanity

Because it’s not from God’s heart

Our desire to tear each other apart…

belief

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