domingo, 7 de junho de 2009

Stating the obvious

Let's imagine you have a pimple, or a spot in your shirt, or your glasses are broken. What is the only thing you don't want to hear? That you have it, right?

Why are people so keen on telling you you have something that isn't "right"? If we were really civilized we wouldn't need to point out other people's flaws all the time, we would see them and keep it to ourselves. By showing them we noticed we're just interfering with their personal space, making them feel uncomfortable and nothing good can come of that.

If someone has a limp or a hunchback, if a person is blind or deaf, we don't tell them that. Socially it wouldn't seem right to state something as obviously hurtfull. Things that aren't as important can also cause pain. Let's begin thinking about our own little flaws and mistakes and understand that we wouldn't want them to be noticed by the whole world. Perhaps that way we can start being better people.

quinta-feira, 4 de junho de 2009


There's no time worse spent than the time a teacher is forced to stay in a classroom while his/her students are doing an exam. In this particular situation, reading doesn't distract you all that much, the Internet is not an option, walking around is awful for everyone. Minutes turn into forevers; every deeper breath puts you on watch for you are concerned: what if the students are in trouble, what if they are afraid to ask something, what if...
I have a more than three hour exam to attend to, today, and the anticipation is already killing me.
I chose to teach not to be a policewoman.