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Welcome to this week's issue of the Birthday Workbook! Today, we read an essay by Zulhaqem Zulkifli, who is currently pursuing his Masters in Buddhism at Oxford on a Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship. His journey was not an easy one, and offers us many points that we can reflect on. His story is linked below under the Further resources section, so we recommend that you take a look if you're interested.

His piece is from the 2020 Birthday Book, and if you haven't gotten a copy of it, you can do so here. In his piece, Zulhaqem stresses the importance of having 'seeing eyes' when interacting with the less well-off.

Before you read his essay, watch the following video: 

  • What helps Zakia feel safe? 
  • How does this compare to what helps you to feel safe?
  • Why do you think kids from rental block communities seek to build relationships with people that appear intimidating?
Now read the following article:
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Consider the following questions:
  1. Zulhaqem begins his article with a Mark Twain quote. According to him, what is the difference between 'common eyes' and 'seeing eyes'?
  2. Why is it important to have 'seeing eyes' when interacting with the less well-off?
  3. How does Zulhaqem define privilege?
    • Can you think of other examples of privilege? 
  4. How can you practice the rule of self-inclusion in other contexts or situations?
  5. What are other things you can do to remain sensitive towards your friends?
  6. Think back to the video with Zakia: How have the lessons from her story helped you to understand why it's important to have 'seeing eyes' when engaging with others? 

Further resources
That's all for this week! Stay safe, take care, and feel free to email us with your thoughts or feedback! 
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