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Taking care of ourselves doesn’t give us the right to be mean.
Just because we’re telling the truth, we don’t need to tear people apart.
Sometimes when we start to own our power after years-maybe a lifetime of being timid and weak, we become overly aggressive trying to get our point across.
We can be honest with other people without being mean.
Be clear on what you want.
If you’re starting a business, taking a new job, learning a new skill, or beginning a relationship, state clearly to yourself what you’re looking for.
What level of performance are you hoping to reach? Stay realistic, but not pessimistic.
What do you want?
'Human rights begin with breakfast': this quip from the former President of Senegal, Leopold Senghor, prompts many to react in alarm. Some see this assertion as part of an argument that certain rights, such as the right to food, need to be properly secured before one can turn to the luxury of the right to vote or to the privilege of freedom of expression. Indeed, many subscribe to a so-called 'full belly thesis', according to which subsistence rights to food and water have to be secured before turning to civil and political rights relating to political participation, arbitrary detention, freedom of expression, or privacy. Such argumentation is not as prevalent as it used to be (at least in government circles). Today all governments accept (most of the time) that there should be no prioritisation among different types of rights. Different types of rights are seen to be mutually reinforcing: better nutrition, health and education will lead to improvements in political freedoms and the rule of law; similarly, freedom of expression and association can ensure that the best decisions are taken to protect rights to food, health, and work. Despite the logic of such a desire to secure 'all rights for all people', traditional assumptions about what constitute 'proper' human rights still persist. One does not have to look very far to find voices claiming that the rights we are discussing in these texts are not really human rights. Such an approach probably conceals a sense that such rights get in the way of rational choice and economic efficiency. Alternatively, those who wish to confine human rights to issues such as torture and freedom of expression may have simply underestimated how much we now care about poverty and disease, not only when it affects us - but also when it affects other people.
“Since China’s reform and opening began in 1978, the country has come a long way on the path of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Over 30 years of reform efforts and sustained spectacular economic growth have turned China into the world’s second largest economy, and wrought many profound changes in the Chinese society.”
The Road to the Rule of Law in Modern China
Quanxi Gao, Wei Zhang, Feilong Tian
Quanto mais importante se torna a China, mais difícil se converte o entendimento da sua realidade. O mundo ocidental na diversidade dos países que o compõem tem a sua visão peculiar, própria e especial da China, devido ao crescente aumento de empresários, estudantes e turistas que viajam para o país, que acrescido do conhecimento de especialistas na matéria cria maior confusão na aprendizagem da realidade chinesa.