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How Should We Then Live? Vanier Alumni 

How Should We Then Live?

Francis A. Schaeffer writes in his book, How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, that “the choices we make in the next decade will mold irrevocably the direction of our culture… and the lives of our children.” In Hong Kong’s politically sensitive and unstable 2019 era, this quote is especially relevant, for it is considered to be an immensely Westernized part of China, due to British colonization. Given today’s serious political instability in society, how do fellow Hongkongers choose to act and to…

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Alive Arts Vanier Alumni 

Alive

They warned us We listened They told us to run or die We were frightened   They gave us just a few hours to rescue our lives So we had no time to pack We left the album that was full of our childhood memories We left the house not knowing if we will ever come back   It was that night that I knew what death was I saw it in our eyes In the eyes of those who lost their mother, their father, their child I saw it…

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Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times Vanier Alumni 

Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times

If you were asked what heroes are, what would be your definition? The average person would consider Superman, Batman and Spiderman, all three movie and comic books characters, as generally accepted heroes, who save people’s lives that are in danger. Have you ever taken into consideration that our teachers, who have, at some time in our lives, taught us, could be heroes too? It may not be the case for everyone, but it is for those who have once been inspired by these teachers to be good and to do…

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Halloween or Reformation Day? Vanier Alumni 

Halloween or Reformation Day?

For Canadians, October 31 is nothing else but Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve. Would you be stunned to hear that October 31 is remembered as Reformation Day in other parts of the world? In Germany, where the majority of its people are Protestant Christians, we celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day. 502 years ago, a German man named Martin Luther initiated a reformation – by nailing, on the door of a church, a sheet of 95 arguments against, according to him, “misleading” Catholic Christian practices. This caused the…

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What Do You do for The Environment? Vanier Alumni 

What Do You do for The Environment?

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Do any of these words ring a bell? Well, if you were brought up in the 90’s, or even in the 2000’s, you were most probably taught about the 3Rs of recycling: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Now, let’s look more closely into our daily lives. Do you do anything to help protect the environment? You may think you already do enough by categorizing the waste in your household according to the correct triage system. Or you might go “above and beyond” and opt for a shower instead…

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The Offer Vanier Alumni 

The Offer

What Does Introspection mean to you? What? For me, it means being aware of my own feelings towards my Self. Stars. It is those fleeting moments during which I view my Self as an Other. Alien. I sometimes catch my reflection. Sad. Our eyes connect like a constellation. Void. I offer my Self a quick smile. Anxious. The smile is the moment. Heat. I am the smiling moment. Cool. I gaze into the eyes of my Self and my Self, as an Other, gazes back into me. Love.   Written By:…

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Flying Moments – A Synopsis for Everyone Vanier Alumni 

Flying Moments – A Synopsis for Everyone

Flying Moments – A Synopsis for Everyone is my second English book, comprised of a greater variety of writings, when compared to my first one, entitled Flying Moments – A Synopsis by Large, as detailed in the April issue of The Insider. This second book of mine is a collection of short stories, acrostics, edited lyrics of my favourite songs, and much more. Flying Moments – A Synopsis for Everyone is a compilation of writings “for everyone” to read, for it is meant to be an easy read “for anyone”….

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The Climate Fight: Despairs and Hopes Vanier Alumni 

The Climate Fight: Despairs and Hopes

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Our global temperature is rising as we continue to emit large quantities of greenhouse gases. Our planet’s resources are being overexploited and depleted. Our wildlife is dying, and our ecosystem is being polluted. Over the course of a couple of centuries, human activity has caused irreparable damages to our planet, and it will continue to get worse if society doesn’t act to change its ways.   Governments around the world are being called to join the fight against climate change…

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