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August 21, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 49
HI ALL, FROM SOUTH BEACON HILL
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been a fun week and, personally, a monumental one. Several weeks back, we told you Northstar was moving and that we were looking for a place. Thanks to a Facebook reader of the magazine, we found one and moved in Wednesday.
It’s an appropriate place for a man who loves people and ethnic diversity. It’s a big place in Seattle’s South Beacon Hill neighborhood and is just country enough to provide fresh blackberries for breakfast and outstanding vistas 24/7.
My housemates are a delightful mix of “foreign” exchange students and members of the owners’ extended family. My new landlord, who prefers to consider himself my friend, and his wife are medical professionals and he’s a United States Army veteran. They’re real nice folks and the other day, I got to hang out with their cute four-year-old niece, who is a real cuter.
The neighborhood itself is like a little United Nations so it too is consistent with Northstar’s “global village” philosophy. Everything’s within a short bus ride or a leisurely pedal on Big Red One.
Our associate editor and my best friend/kid brother, Denny Steussy, helped me move and you’d be amazed at how much stuff you can wedge into a four-door Toyota with a bike rack on the rear bumper.
I want to thank those of you who emailed in with your concerns, prayers, etc. We don’t get rich doing this but we have always felt that in the most important ways, we’re the best paid weekly magazine staff on the planet. Like being a parent, the paycheck’s not real big but you absolutely cannot beat the perks.
We could not have done it without you guys. Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
That our species is capable of inflicting this much horror on a child absolutely infuriates me. Video: The Syrian Boy Pulled from the Rubble in Aleppo
ISIS is going to be so sorry they did this. The people they attacked this time don’t play by the Marquis of Queensbury Rules. ISIS Claims First Attack On Russian Soil
Whenever something this cool happens where I live, I am justifiably proud. Most Populous Washington State County Boosts Voter Outreach With Multi-Language Ballot Box
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CIVILIZATION HAPPENED BECAUSE OF ALL OF US
This week, surfing the Internet, it was interesting to run across a study entitled “Civilization Approach to Education in 21 Century” by Andrew Targowski, President of the International Society for the Comparative Studies of Civilizations (ISCSC). In the attachments is a screenshot from this study with relations of eight current civilizations with each other, according to the author. (See above)
I think that is great to introduce this idea into learning. Frankly, how much do we really know about each other? Even us ~ you and me, Rusty ~ are representatives of different civilizations, which sometimes leads to misunderstandings in the way we perceive the world around us. But we are still more alike than different. But sometimes stereotypes and agendas dominate and prevent a mutual and deep understanding among people.
Were many students told that actually it was Muslims who saved for humanity scientific texts of ancient Greece? If they had not copied these works and had not made exact translations, many of those works would have been lost, especially after the burning of Alexandria library.
Another interesting fact is that even in Middle Ages, both Muslim men and women received an education. Many universities, observatories and schools appeared in Muslim countries earlier then in Europe. House of Wisdom was founded in Baghdad in the Eighth Century. Humankind should be grateful to Avicenna for the development of medicine.
Muslims and other merchants also were providers of Chinese discoveries to Western world. Many of them, like typography and paper money, are used nowadays.
I cannot help but mention an interesting chapter from the history of my own civilization. In the 11th Century, the daughter of Kievan Rus Prince Yaroslav the Wise ~ after her marriage to French King Henry 1 ~ wrote to home a letter in which she expressed her surprise that people there were not educated and that ordinary people could neither read nor write.
It is sometimes amazing to see how the knowledge is interchangeable and to trace how every civilization influenced other civilizations through the ages. Definitely in future, there will be more facts from history strongly suggesting that we should respect one another and communicate as equals. Maybe it’s the way out of confrontation and into cooperation as the synergy of civilizations.
And one last note, I found an interesting article from the World Economic Forum to break stereotype of immigration entitled “Four Maps That Will Change How You See Immigration In Europe.”
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Take care, my cousin, and be safe.
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