“Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, whether by our genes or by our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we can change circumstances that we find ourselves in. This enormous transformative force is what Buddhism is all about. In this struggle lies the source of never-ending youth and vitality.”—President Ikeda
“I don’t understand the problem with the nudity in the film. What’s the difference between male and female nudity? All men have penises, all women have sex, both accept masturbation as a natural need, yet despite all this people are scandalized by sex, while violence is accepted no problem. What are the criteria of judgment here? Is it possible that we can’t do anything to challenge this censorship? The real problem of the main character in Shame isn’t his obsession with sex, but rather his dependency on a certain mental scheme, an addiction that damages his own life as well as those of the people around him. Sex is a primitive instinct, an often amazing physical experience. Falling in love is something else entirely – you establish a deeper and more complex connection with the other person. Sex can be a thousand things: serious, playful, strange, thrilling. Having sex on the set is stressful, because you need to establish rules and limits. I generally ask my partner if I can kiss her, or caress her back, breasts, crotch, in order to understand how far I can push things without looking like a maniac. On the screen, female nudity is not only accepted but encouraged. My mother complains that men always have their pants on”.”—Michael Fassbender On Shame’s NC-17 Rating
Every class is going to have leaders for good and leaders for bad and people who aren’t leaders but can be tipped either way. Talk to them outside somewhere about things that interest them, and also something you want to see them do. “Can you do that for me?” Address them as a group too. Incorporate the bad ass kids to control them and then they control everybody. Those kids are going to be your choir.
Me: What do I do if it doesn’t work? If they clearly like me, but still don’t do what I ask?
Him: If it doesn’t work, bribe them. Get them lunch.