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Inspiration from "Book Thief" (05/13/2014)

posted May 13, 2014, 6:06 PM by Trudy Hu   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 11:59 AM ]
My daughter picked a movie, "Book Thief", for the Mother's Day celebration for me on 5/11/14.

The movie features a little girl who could not read but had a strong desire to learn.

She had the courage to take a book from the burned book pile during the political gathering that every adult and child had to show their obedience and loyalty toward Hitler by throwing books into the fire.  It was illegal to keep books or anyone could lose his/her life by violating the "laws".  It was legal to prosecute and kill a Jew or anyone could lose his/her life by violating the "laws".  In order to survive, people had to subject himself/herself under the laws of hurting people, burning books, and even demonstrating "emotionally abusive interactions" between mother and daughter, husband and wife, friends at school in order to conceal the genuine love and happiness toward a human being, a book, or simply life itself.

People did that as a general practice in order to follow the laws of the ruler or they lose their status, business and life eventually.  Conscience or genuineness can not be shown (it can only be a secret).  

In certain ethnic minority communities, alcohol drinking, child abuse and sexual abuse are all very common.  Many young girls were sexually malested or abused by their fathers, step-fathers, mothers' boyfriends, uncles, cousins, older siblings, etc.  Most girls grew up and revealed their trauma/anger toward their mothers because their mothers knew about the abuses but they did not say anything due to the fear of losing their own survival.  In those clinical cases, those mothers did that as a general practice in order to follow the laws of the house rulers (bread winners) or they lose their food, shelter and legal status eventually.  Conscience or genuineness can not be displayed (it can only be a secret).      

There are still many parallel processes going on in many organizations nowadays.  People continue to follow the general practice without checking into the individually different situation so that the conscience and genuiness can not be shown in the fear of losing their status, job, or survival.
Laws are subject to the rulers and leaders.  There is no ultimate righteous laws in a defective human world (or institutions) with human greed for power and control.  Sometimes, only through innocent children's eyes we can have a glimpse of the genuine bravery, compassion, conscience and humanity without the contamination of hypocrisy and corruption in adults' world.
 
This movie is very insightful and thought provoking.

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Similar parallel process is still happening in many institutions, also inside the world-class educational institution.
 
Before you sent in your application fee and tuition to your dream colleges, you need to be aware of major concerns, such as the following issues within University of California at Berkeley and UC System.

The following English definitions of codes/regulations are implemented as general practice for years by Student Conduct Center and Dean of Students within University of California, Berkeley, and UC System.  

"Physical Abuse" = Hospital Transportation Record  

"Alcohol Use" (Possess, distribute, use alcohol) = To be invited or lured to drinking alcohol in permissive fraternity houses freely although the child is alcohol naive (never used alcohol before or not familiar with alcohol culture) even showing the genuine ID.

"Alcohol Abuse in Dorm" (Possess, distribute, use alcohol in the dorm) = Feeling dizzy and sleepy after physical purging unfamiliar substance

Dean of Student Conduct Center had the authority to retroactively change her inconsistent but permissive statements and actions toward fraternity houses (Greek Organizations which actually possess, distribute, use alcohol) to protect herself without any consequence.  

Since the authorities in the University of California, Berkeley emphasized that it is very common to cite above-mentioned violations (based on the above-mentioned English definitions) to students as general practice, many students or families who were mislabeled and mis-charged impossible monetary penalties do not have the time, resources, language proficiency, cultural understanding, substance training or legal knowledge to find out more inconsistency and wrongful citations within Student Conduct Center within University of California, Berkeley for years.  Please consult a professor in English department, any counselor or simply a dictionary (a book).  

What a sharp contrast and another similar parellel process:  Sexual predators do not face any consequences but sexual assault victims had to bear the trauma for life.  Is this very "common" as "general practice"?   

For your reference:   


2.  http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/19/local/la-me-berkeley-assault-20140420

3.  http://articles.latimes.com/2014/feb/26/local/la-me-berkeley-assaults-20140227

4.  Alcohol naive is a medical term which indicates the individual is not exposed to alcohol drink, not familiar with alcohol types, alcohol contents, various alcohol drinks, alcohol drinking behaviors or all the behavioral disorder and possible abusive behaviors or consequences (i.e., ACOA: adult children of alcoholics) elicited from alcohol drinking.

5.  Professional Substance Use/Abuse/Dependency/Addiction Assessment Tool for Adolescence and Young Adults:  CARFFT

C--The teenager or young adult has ridden in a CAR with a driver who is high (drunk, under the influence of substance)

A--The teenager or young adult tends to use the substance ALONE.

R--The teenager or young adult uses the alcohol or substance for RELAXATION.
   
F--The teenager or young adult has used the alcohol or substance regularly and he/she tends to FORGET (memory loss, cognitive dysfunction). 

F--The teenager's or young adult's FRIENDS and FAMILY have commented on his/her alcohol or substance use/abuse/dependency/addiction and advised him/her to cut down, stop and to seek help.

T--The teenager or young adult has gotten into TROUBLE while he/she was using alcohol or substance.

Anyone who has 2 out of 6 criteria will be qualified for alcohol use/abuse/dependency/addiction.  

The parents of teens or young adults who have alcohol and substance use/abuse/dependency/addiction issues experienced the free experiments of drugs and substance in 1960s-1970s and sexual revolution which was the most prevalent popular culture in society as well as college campuses.   


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