Wednesday, 11 January 2006

On This Day

Rememeber the article i shared yesterday "On that Day", one of the statement,in what neighbourhood you lives, he�ll ask how you treated your neighbours.

Yesterday evening, i went over to Albert's place for dinner, and his muslim (indian) neighbour said Hi to us. Albert quickly went out to meet him at his door. We chatted, he is a criminal lawyer. He invited us to his house for tea. Told us a lot of stories, about him worrying that his new sound system and plasma TV will disturb us. BUt we told him we didn't hear anything from his end. Told us stories about how different he and his wife is, he wants simple functional furniture, but his wife likes design and not very practical,but his wife has a good sense of creativity i must say. His house is so comfortable and albert is embarassed to invite them over to his house.

He said it's so good to have decent neighbours at last. Last time, before he moved in, he lived in another area, in a flat, and his neighbour smoked cannabis. He could smell it when he walked past the corridor. His neighbour was a single mum with a kid. He hinted to her in a subtle way. This is how he did it, he handed her his name card, ie. lawyer, and asked her to call him when she needed him. He told her that he will do the same to the other neighbour as well. The other time, he was looking for a new place to move, which is my area: Tottenham Hale, dodgy area... he saw his client, ie. drug addict after viewing the property, he was on his way to get his methadone from the health centre, which is behind my house. After that encounter, he changed his mind. Another story is how he get called in the middle of the night by his client from the police station, just because they wanted a drink and cigarette. He doesn't receive money from the client, the government pay his company to serve this group of people. I didn't quite understand that, but later Albert explained to me that these people have no money to afford a lawyer, and they deserve a decent hearing, so the government helped them by paying for the fees.

Food for thought: when one does something bad (according to the law), does that make him any less than a human? Does that one error make him a bad person?

Interestingly, i talked to my mum and somehow it transpired that everyone makes mistake, we may not kill someone or steal like others, but we are not perfect, but we do hurt people sometimes with our words, or deeds, or we tell white lies, etc.. but the important thing is we realised what we have done wrong and turned away from it. Repentance is the most important thing. A chinese saying, repentance can never be replaced with gold. (lang zi hui tou jin bu huan in pinyin)

Confessed -> repent-> transformation= a new life

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