“Learn About” Questions
- How did the Green Siblings Project get started?
- What current events reflect “history repeating itself?”
- How have today’s social technologies (ie. Facebook, Instagram, etc.) impacted society’s sense of what is “sharing too much?”
“Learn From” Questions
- How do I tell the difference between bragging and sharing something about myself that other people need to know?
- How has my parent’s or family’s advice impacted how I present myself in the world?
- Are there any historical events that have really informed the way I engage with others in my life? Which ones?
Well, I think there are several things. Number one, I am extremely proud that you have chosen to do this. The more I have an opportunity to speak with groups of young people, whether at college, or, I realized how little people know. And I think it’s really, really important for people to know from whence they cometh. Number one, history repeats itself and I think we are seeing vestiges of that now. And, there’s another saying, you won’t know where you’re going unless you know where you have been. So the fact that you are doing this and have felt that the experiences that we’ve had are worth sharing is something that I personally really appreciate. I often tell people, it’s taken me a long time to begin to talk about our lives because our mother, again, was very adamant about the fact that you don’t talk about yourself. Talking about yourself is vain, it’s unbecoming and it’s not something that you do. So I can see her now standing there, looking at me. But, I guess I’ve been convinced that, and more than one person has said this, you’re not talking about yourself, you are sharing things that people need to know about. So I guess with that, I feel a little better about that but again, I guess I feel that if mother were around, she might punish me because I’m talking about our personal. But again, it is something that I think people, especially young people, need to know. The other thing that I think is important, and I guess is one of my personal goals, I really want people, young and some not so young, to know that what you read in history is not just about names and dates to remember for a test. These are things that happened to real people, had impact on real families and if nothing else, they need to know this so that it won’t happen again. Because we are in a situation now where I think we need to be very cognizant of things that happen, why they happen and what can be done to prevent them from happening again.