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The Bigger You Are in Society, the Humbler You Should Be, Part 2 of 3, May 15, 2022

2022-06-27
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All these ephemeral, empty names. How come people don’t learn from history or from the surrounding other examples? (Yes.) Arrogance and self-aggrandizement never served anyone, least of all the leaders. The leaders should be more careful all the time.

So, a president could not afford to be arrogant like that. (Yes, Master.) The bigger you are in society, in the world, the more humble you should be. (Yes, Master.) But I don’t see that example, even from the top spiritual leader like p. Francis, I don’t see that example already. (Yes, Master.) So, how can his followers become humble or anything like that? (Yes.) But this is bad for them.

People don’t like snobbish men or women, whoever. (No, Master.) Even the lady, the new president of Hungary, (Yes.) she condemned Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine. But it’s funny, her prime minister is the opposite. Last time, we talked about Orbán. (Yes.)

Man! I’m so tired of men. Ladies, they have more sense. Like the chief of Europe, (Yes, Master.) Madame von der Leyen, (Yes.) she even went by train. Imagine that? The top leader of the European Union went by train, simply just went there to Kyiv and then handed President Zelenskyy some protocol, of course, some questionnaire that he can answer so that he can join the EU. (Yes, Master.) Simplified bureaucracy. (Yes.)

“Media Report from AI Jazeera English Apr. 9, 2022, Ursula von der Leyen (f): It will be not, as usual, a matter of years to form this opinion, but I think a matter of weeks, if we work closely together. For you, dear Volodymyr.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (m): Thank you so much.

Ursula von der Leyen (f): I want to give you that.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (m): Thank you so much.

Ursula von der Leyen (f): This is the questionnaire.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (m): We’ll be ready with answers, Ursula, in one week.”

So, the top leader of any country should be demonstrating humility. (Yes.) Tough but humble. Strong but gentle. Otherwise, you won’t last long. Well, French presidents or any presidents nowadays, they won’t last long anyway. They won’t continue. (Oh.) Yeah. Mostly just one term, two terms. (Yes, Master.) Today you are the king, tomorrow you’re nobody.

All these ephemeral, empty names. How come people don’t learn from history or from the surrounding other examples? (Yes.) Arrogance and self-aggrandizement never served anyone, least of all the leaders. The leaders should be more careful all the time. You are tough when you have to be, to handle some challenging situation. But you have to have humility in order to win people’s hearts. (Understand.)

If you win only half of France, and the other half is still against you anyway, it’s already a precarious kind of ambiance. (Yes.) So, you should always be more humble and more realistic, more practical. (Yes, Master.) More pliant in the international political field. But I see it’s very rare to have such leaders. What do we expect from this world? (Yes.) Did I answer you everything? (Yes, Master, very clearly.) I hope so. (Yes, Master. Thank You.)

(I have another question, Master. Senator Rand Paul of the US Senate opposed the US$40 billion aid package to Ukraine. Why would he do that, Master?) You think he should or not? (He should not oppose because Ukraine needs that aid.)

Yeah, of course Ukraine needs it. (Yes.) The whole world chips in to help. (Yes, Master.) And if the US can afford it, then they should help more than others. He should be proud that his country is so just and generous. (Yes, Master.) But, of course, I understand him as well. (Yes.) He’s the only one that opposed. (Yes.) The House passed it anyway. (Yes, it did.) He just stalled it for a while, maybe. (Yes.) Just made it a little bit less enthusiastic, but still passed. (Yes, Master.)

But I understand him. You see, at the moment, every country’s, and America’s also included, economy is very shaky. (Yes.) Because of the pandemic, because of other wars, because of all kinds of situations. (Yes, Master.) And bad spending, bad organizing for financial upkeep and all kinds of things. (Yes.) And it’s a lot of money. (Yes, it is a lot.)

My God, if we didn’t have Russia go in and brutally attack without cause, unprovoked, the Ukrainian people, then this money, we could use a lot for Americans, for your people to live better. (Yes, Master.) Better schools, or giving more loans for the students, (Yes.) so they can study well, and then they contribute later to your country. Help more with healthcare, with pregnant women, single mothers, elderly without care, and even help some refugees, I mean, deserving refugees from nearby countries. Some don’t deserve, because maybe they are gangsters, or something like that, they mix in to come in to mess up America. And selling children or drugs, and selling anything that is not good for humanity. (Yes, Master.)

So, this $40 billion, wow, I could not imagine that kind of money. I would never have, anyway. As soon as I have, I spend. (Yes, Master.) People look at my hand with a lot of holes between the fingers, they told me I can never keep money. I said, “Oh, how did you know?” I don’t even need my hand, I would know that I can’t keep money. (Yes, Master.) Yeah, I have some of course, but just for spending on all kinds of things. (Yes, Master.)

So, that is a lot of money, and Americans need it also. (Yes, Master.) America is the top economy in the world even, but many Americans are also living at the border of poverty or below. (Yes, that’s right.)

“Media Report from BNC News-Dec. 6, 2021, Sharon (f): Millions of Americans struggling to keep the lights on, a roof over their heads. Since the pandemic started, it’s only gotten worse.

Gabe Cohen (m): Americans have been racking up utility debt during the pandemic. They now owe companies close to $20 billion, up 67% from the average year. A study in Massachusetts found 30% more families are now at least 90 days behind on their bills. Now, energy bills are skyrocketing due to inflation and supply problems.”

“Media Report from CNN -Mar. 11, 2022, Reporter(m): Jerreldine tells us she lives on $1700 a month in Social Security. She says she pays $600 in rent, and at least $300 a month pays for needed kidney and blood pressure medications. The rest of her bills, like home utilities, car fuel, and groceries, she finds depressing. How hard is it living on a fixed income?

Jerreldine: It is hard, and I feel so sorry for my friends that just don’t have this kind of money as much as I do, because they’re much worse off than me.

Reporter (m2): In four months, Katia’s rent for this 300-square-foot apartment is going to jump from $670 a month to just over $1000. She says her paycheck won’t cover it.

Katia: I would consider living in my car. Yes, I would.

Reporter (m2): Home prices have skyrocketed in the last year. Apartments Katia can afford are so far away that paying to gas up her car would then be too much. I would imagine that battling this, at this stage in your life is…

Katia: It’s really hard. It’s really hard. It’s… It makes me feel useless. Like, I’m not doing enough.”

And I saw some homeless when I was in America as well. (Yes, we saw that, many.) And many children don’t have enough nutrition, or don’t have as much as they should have to spend their childhood in peace, happiness and security. (Yes, Master.) This is such a shame.

All this, I think they should make Russia pay back if the war is over, or somehow make them pay. (Yes.) Make Putin pay, because he’s very rich. People suspect that he’s the richest man in the world. (Yes, I think so. I think somebody said.) Of course. Whatever he wants, he has. (Yes.) All these oligarchs surrounding him, and they don’t dare to breathe even anything negative, I mean contrary to his ideas.

So, I’m also recently learning more about Putin. Normally, I didn’t pay attention to any leader. (Yes, Master.) Like, even President Trump and all that, I did not even think about him or mention him. Until something happened to them or something they did that caught my attention that I feel I need to say something. (Understand.) Otherwise, I don’t pay attention to anyone. You know that. (Yes, Master.)

From the pope to President Trump and even President Zelenskyy – I didn’t even know his name until some months ago. (Oh, yes. We didn’t either.) I didn’t even know where Ukraine is. I have never been there. (Yes, Master.) I heard something when they had some problem before, but it was a “stranger” country to me. (Yes, Master.) I had no intention to do anything about it.

Only recently, too many children, women and elderly, people suffer so much for no reason. (Yes, Master.) And it just caught my attention, because I have to research some news or animal-people news for our TV. Then it caught my attention, all this war as well. (Yes.) Otherwise, we have so many wars already. What for is it a surprise anymore? But this war is really uncalled for. (That’s right.) That’s why the whole world is pissed off.

Sorry, is that a bad word? (Oh, it’s OK.) It’s OK? (Yes.) For Americans, it’s OK. They say that all the time, like they breathe. (Yes, Master.) Thanks to American movies I learned some of these words, like the b-word, the s-word, stuff like that. Of course, it’s not your Master speaking.

That’s why the whole world is so supportive of Ukraine. They feel so sorry and sympathetic to these poor, gentle, harmless people. (Yes, Master.) They were such happy farmers. Maybe their country’s not the richest in the world, maybe they are classified as one of the poorest countries in Europe, but they were happy people. (Yes.) Because they’re not greedy, they’re contented with what they have. (Yes, Master.) And they planted food for the whole world to use. Their merit is very big. (Ah, yes.)

Farming people, they naturally have big merit, because they do something that’s nutritious for the children of God. (Yes, Master.) They raise up the children of God. They feed them. That’s one of the best jobs you can have, farming, a farmer. (Yes, Master.)

So, most of them are farmers, they don’t earn that much. But they are happy. They all look healthy and good to me. Until Putin came along and raided their farms, razed their houses, and killed their children. (Yes, Master.) And their wives. And their parents, for example. Those who are weak, helpless, and vulnerable. (Yes, Master.) No defense. Cannot defend. So, how can anybody support that? Just say, if the Ukrainians gave some land to Putin to satisfy his greed for now, he will not stop. (No, he won’t.) Yeah. It is already obvious. (Yes, Master.)

First Crimea, and then Luhansk, and then Donetsk, and now Kherson. And now they’re doing a fake election there. A referendum just to coerce people to vote for Russia. (Yes, Master.) But everybody will know it’s fake.

Doesn’t Putin have any shame, any honor? (I guess not.) How can a devil have any? (Yes, Master.) They are in the world just to harm humanity, to hurt, to maim, to corrupt, to destroy our planet. That’s their job. (Yes, Master.) They’re born to do that. My God.

So, you can’t even blame Senator Rand Paul. (Yes. Understand.) It hurts him. It hurts him, because some of his people are still poor. (Yes, Master.) And they’re short of baby formula at the moment. (Yes.) And many people are poor. And in America, it’s chaotic still. (Yes, Master.) All kinds of problems. And his people should come first. (Understand.)

“Media Report from NewsNation -May. 12, 2022, Reporter (f): Abbott Laboratories stopped manufacturing in February amid recalls and contamination fears. That shutdown has been adding to a shortage already strained by supply chain issues. In some states like Iowa, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, and the Dakotas, more than half of the entire supply of baby formula is sold out. Many national chains limiting purchases now.

Mother: There’s so much going on right now that worrying about feeding your baby should be the absolute last thing you are concerned about.

Jesse Watters: We want to help Ukraine, obviously. But it goes out the door so fast, like everything gets done for Ukraine like this, like that. Billions out the door like this, and meanwhile, Americans are looking around like, “Hey, Congress, what about us?” Do you feel that?

Senator Graham: I totally get it. Here’s the problem with Ukraine. They run out of money in terms of buying weapons I think in the middle of May.

Jesse Watters: We should have gotten that weaponry out to them a year ago when we saw the buildup coming.

Senator Graham: Ah, boy… Amen. Common sense tells you that Putin’s not going to stop at Ukraine. Common sense tells you he was going to invade. Our problems here don’t get better by allowing Putin to win in Ukraine, because he won’t stop.

Jesse Watters: Yeah, but can’t we do both, Senator?

Senator Graham: Here’s the good news, we actually can stop...

Jesse Watters: Can’t we do fast-track for America? (Totally.) Everything’s fast-tracked for overseas, (Totally. Absolutely.) but can we fast-track it here?”

“Media Report from CNBC -Jan. 7, 2022, Reporter (f2): The homeless crisis in America is worsening again. The COVID pandemic caused a surge in housing costs and a rise in unemployment, leaving nearly 600,000 Americans unhoused in 2020.

Anthony Love: Right now, we are trending in the wrong direction.”

In Âu Lạc (Vietnam), we say “thừa trong nhà mới ra bề ngoài.” Meaning, you first take care of your family, and whatever’s left, you can donate, you can help outsiders. Of course, otherwise, how can you starve your family and take the money out to help others? (Yes, Master.) There’s no logic, is there? So, of course, as a senator for his country, he feels hurt. (Yes, that’s right.) He feels his people are set aside, like, second-best or something.

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