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ARIEL KY

Ariel Ky

Ariel Ky
Location
Oceanside, California, U.S.
Birthday
October 11
Title
English Teacher
Bio
I consider myself a generalist, a dreamer, a visionary, an idealist. I walk both worlds, the inner world of spirit and this outer world we all share in. I have real power, the power of a strong connection to the earth and the power of truth and resilience. I am committed to being effective in bringing about the changes that must take place in the minds and hearts of people so that we can live in peace and harmony with each other and all life on this planet. I grew up in the fifties in Lansing, Michigan. My father was a bricklayer, my mother a teacher. I have a strong identification with the working class and ordinary people, and was always quick to defend the underdog and play the devil's advocate. My strengths are being able to see the big picture and getting to the heart of the matter. I consider that I am a fairly good writer, having worked at this craft my entire life, but I once had a professor who said my true genius was in speaking. Along with most of the people on this planet, I am seriously concerned with the present state of affairs and lack of balance in the U.S. military dominance. I am presently teaching English in China. My profession is an ESL teacher, which I have been doing off and on for over 20 years. I have a Master's degree in TESOL from Michigan State University, a Journalism degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a Library Media Assistant AA degree from Pasadena City College. Research is my passion and main past time, even before the advent of the Internet. I worked in the library at Michigan State University before my son was born in 1986, where I pursued research topics that I was interested in. When I was in my early twenties, I worked on a book on women's health care as part of a book team at the Feminist Women's Health Center in Los Angeles, doing research at UCLA's medical library that led to a new view of a woman's clitoris. The book is still available in print, "A New View of a Woman's Body." I am working again with a team of writers on another book with the working title of "Opening Our Hearts and Sharing Our Dreams of What May Be" to share our visions and action plans for the young people coming of age (between the ages of 16-21) and support them in carrying out what needs to be done to manifest the world that they want to have for themselves.

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JUNE 6, 2011 1:51AM

Offering a Different Message as an American to Chinese

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Would that we could teach one another, that we could reach one another, and heal the wounds of the past, to understand the power of our words to create our reality and shape our understanding of each other and the world.

People making such ignorant statements as threatening a military attack over cyberspace incursions need a reality check.  

I offer a different message from an American to Chinese, a message of love, respect and appreciation.  I've been living in China going on four years, and the longer that I live here, the more I love learning about the rich cultural heritage of China, the fascinating character and personalities of Chinese today, of the complexity in learning about the language and ways of doing things here.

I just watched the movie, Confucius, which was enlightening.  In exile, he wandered the land with a group of students and there were some real parallels between these years with his students and the life of Jesus with his 12 disciples.  It's a story every bit as compelling and enriching to learn about the teachings of this great master and the futility of war, of the chaos that ensues when we fight each other.

And I just finished reading a book that I got online, "Two Years Living in the Forbidden City" written by a young Chinese woman who had studied in France and returned to serve in the court of Empress Dowager Cixi.  I recently visited the Summer Palace where Cixi held court in the summer, the lakes and great trees there, the old buildings and temples; it was all very interesting and wonderful.

Perhaps my sentiments don't reflect all Americans viewpoints, but neither does that extreme bellicosity or sarcastic boasting about terrible acts such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that I just read by an American making a comment on an article in the China Daily.

The world is changing, but I anticipate these changes when the East meets the West on equal footing.  Ultimately our entire global civilization is going through an initiation on the power of our imagination to approach each others in a higher manner.  Waging wars is a way of the past that's easy to do and reflects the lowest denominator in ability to carry on social discourse; any nitwit can start a war just by acting violent.  We are sometimes bewitched by the power and mastery of advanced technology without realizing that it is not advanced at all to rely on death-dealing weapons, no matter how advanced the technology.  And the ability to control people's minds and master civil society to accept oppressive, destructive policies is not advanced either.  
 
The ability to forgive, to be kind and compassionate, these are the most advanced responses people can show, and it doesn't take science and it doesn't take technology to develop.  We must look at other ways to develop ourselves if our global civilization is to move forward. 
 
The true mark of an advanced civilization is its ability to carry on peacefully, no matter what happens, and to benefit all of its people.

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Actually, I was hoping for something more along the lines of improving sweet and sour pork...

China does have a rich and interesting culture. They also have a sociopathic cruel streak a mile wide. Do not underestimate what they will do for power. Anyone, east or west, who sees the world purely in terms of power is a detriment to us all.
I agree. Anyone, east or west, who sees the world purely in terms of power is a detriment to us all.

Unfortunately, I believe that description fits the leaders in the U.S. today more than it does China.
Yessss! Wise words and love this idea that you thought things through, allowed your perceptions to change and you find pride and joy in your growth and want to share it with everyone around. As I had also said on my Avada Kedavra post (albeit angrily), "Waging wars is a way of the past" as YOU calmly say here, and we must grow up and grow out into more advanced, better designs to sustain ourselves and what we have. Why dont govts use their intellectuals and learned men to do these things? Why do we elect uneducated, ignorant, unaware, uninspired politicians to rule us? Baffles me. Rtd