Happy Teacher’s Day!

To all the teachers that have taught me, guided me, and laid the foundation of my life, thank you.

Happy Belated Teacher’s Day.

To my teachers who inspired me to write and never to be content with just the surface ideas, thank you.

Happy Belated Teacher’s Day.

To my Primary School teachers who were patient with my late discovery of the written word and the subsequent love affair, thank you.

To my Secondary School teachers who forced me into leadership roles even though I hated it, to my teachers who taught me that English was more than just a paper, to my teachers who showed that being a teacher means being a good role model, thank you.

To my lecturers who encouraged me to think, to view things differently, to be brave enough to take on tasks meant for two alone, to never be afraid of my own opinions, and more importantly, to have enough space for me to think and accept others’ viewpoints without sacrificing my own thoughts, thank you.

I find it also appropriate that while drafting this particular entry, [Erna] linked to Obama’s speech at the graduation of Notre Dame students, where he touched on abortion specifically. His speech reminds me of my old Moral Studies lecturer, who was adept at getting us to ask questions and be guided by our own conscience instead of judging:

For if there is one law that we can be most certain of, it is the law that binds people of all faiths and no faith together. It’s no coincidence that it exists in Christianity and Judaism; in Islam and Hinduism; in Buddhism and humanism. It is, of course, the Golden Rule — the call to treat one another as we wish to be treated. The call to love. The call to serve. To do what we can to make a difference in the lives of those with whom we share the same brief moment on this Earth.

Thank you to all my teachers, even if you don’t hold the title of “teacher”, to love first, and judge never.