... Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto. I think Masashi is a genius of human psychology. He writes a manga that is so deep even though it's marketed as a children's story. If that's the case, why did so many of friends fall in love with it in college? I even know some people in their 30s and 40s who are fans of the series.
Let me give you some background info on this somewhat random post.
A lot has been going on with Thieu Nhi lately with some potential for rough waters ahead. Of course the ideal thing to ask oneself is "What would Jesus Do?" Well I don't want to turn the other cheek if someone slaps me. Although I respect those who are admirably pacifist. So I find it a lot easier for myself to ask "What would Naruto do?" He would speak his mind, he would train very hard to become proficient enough to protect his friends, as opposed to the sole purpose of destroying his enemies. Naruto sees the good in everyone and doesn't judge people from their past mistakes or current (in)abilities. He turns the bad guys into good people just from befriending them showing him he has faith in them. And he inspires the weak to become strong. The series shows that all people really want in life is to love and be loved.
To be honest, I didn't take teaching TN seriously until the beginning of this school year. And it's not because I became more holy, I'm very mediocre there. The reason for taking TN serious is because I've seen the amazing changes in the kids I work with. The changes happen very slowly but it's such an inspiration to me. Rebels who are now willing to embarrass themselves in games, arrogant kids who are starting to use their strengths to help others instead of showing off, the list goes on. Relationships are KEY. If we dont have relationships in Thieu Nhi we have nothing.
It's like our Thieu Nhi Doan is the real life Konoha (Naruto's village). Huynh Truong are the elite Jounin, Nghia Si is the intermediate Chunin, and Au Nhi is the baby Genin. We Jounin have been handed the Will of Fire and must pass it on to the next generation. The only thing not real is that not everyone respects the leader Hokage *zing*
So whenever I feel a little pessimistic with our low numbers or ineptness, I ask myself WWND? He would try to teach lessons as best he could. He would believe in everyone. And most importantly he would get them to believe in themselves.
For anyone cares about Naruto series: I have a huge crush on Hinata. Naruto should go for her. (btw im not giving away any spoilers Jon, Naruto is still currently single)
And now for some awesome Naruto-like music courtesy of Kickboxer: