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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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OCTOBER 4, 2011 5:40PM

In Solidarity with Prisoners of Conscience on Jeju Island

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Following are quotes that I found to convey solidarity with the prisoners of conscious on Jeju Island who are resisting construction of a naval base there.

See a presentation with photos of the villagers of Gangjeong Village who are presently in prison as political prisoners for their resistance to construction of the naval base on Jeju Island.  It's a Google document titled Prisoners of Jeju:  https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0ASmCKR2MI5MuZGZweGM1ZmZfMTU1OWd4Ynh6OWNr&hl=en_US

Please write to them also to show your support for their valiant stance at:

Jeju Prison

161 Ora-2 dong

Jeju City, Jeju Island

South Korea 690-162

 

Kim Jong-Il

Prisoner #605

Hong Ki-Ryong

Prisoner #253

Go Yu-Gi

Prisoner #292

Ms. Kim Mi-Ryang

Prisoner #15

Kim Jong-Hwan

Prisoner #315

Kim Dong-Won

Prisoner #156

Kang Dong-Kyun

Prisoner #161

It takes great courage to open one's heart and mind to the tremendous injustice and suffering in our world."
Vincent A. Gallagher, The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization

If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!"
Victor Hugo, les miserables

"No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come." 
Victor Hugo

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  --Winston Churchill

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.  --Mohandas Gandhi

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.  --Mohandas Gandhi

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body. --Mohandas Gandhi

Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul. --Mohandas Gandhi

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. --Mohandas Gandhi

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. --Mohandas Gandhi

Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be. --Mohandas Gandhi

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. --Thomas Jefferson

"Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
Arundhati Roy, War Talk

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. -- Eugene V. Debs

As a nation we have the right to decide our own affairs, to mould our own future. This does not pose any danger to anybody. Our nation is fully aware of the responsibility for its own fate in the complicated situation of the contemporary world. --Lech Walesa

I most sincerely wish that the world in which we live be free from the threat of a nuclear holocaust and from the ruinous arms race. It is my cherished desire that peace be not separated from freedom which is the right of every nation. This I desire and for this I pray.  --Lech Walesa

Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go.  --Lech Walesa

As a nation we have the right to decide our own affairs, to mould our own future. This does not pose any danger to anybody. Our nation is fully aware of the responsibility for its own fate in the complicated situation of the contemporary world.  --Lech Walesa

I most sincerely wish that the world in which we live be free from the threat of a nuclear holocaust and from the ruinous arms race. It is my cherished desire that peace be not separated from freedom which is the right of every nation. This I desire and for this I pray.  --Lech Walesa

Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go.  --Lech Walesa

The defense of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred - this is the road we have chosen.  --Lech Walesa

We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless. --Lech Walesa

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions. --Lech Walesa

"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost." -- Helen Keller

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"  --Helen Keller

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." --Helen Keller

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"  -- Helen Keller

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved." -- Helen Keller

"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows." -- Helen Keller

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." --Helen Keller

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."  --Helen Keller

"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." --Helen Keller

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