What do you think of this?

What do you think of this quote? Explain your thinking in a comment.

  1. November 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I think this quote is very meaningful because most people aren’t very welcoming to strangers. I think this is because we’re always told “Don’t talk to strangers.” but really, that doesn’t mean all strangers are bad and we shouldn’t be gracious or courteous towards them.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      You’re right – there is a big difference between making sure we stay safe and just being friendly! We certainly can talk to strangers in the right situations and when we feel that it is OK.

  2. Billy
    November 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Hi 6SS,

    First of all Mr. Sam I think I might know why you posted this quote I think that you posted it because we were talking on the carpet about strangers and how if you see them and you just know they are good strangers you should say hi!

    I think that it means something like karma if you be really nice and welcoming to them they will be really nice to you back and that makes you fell really, really happy and you will not be so worried the next time you meet a stranger.



    • Mr. Sam
      November 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      I like the idea of it being like karma – that if you are friendly, gracious and courteous then others will be that way to you. I am trying to teach Ruby and Zahra to smile, say hello (in many languages) and be confidently friendly.

  3. Madhav
    November 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hi everybody,
    I think that it means you should say hi to someone you know or even a stranger but if you think he is safe. You should start having a little conversation with someone and make new friends so you can enjoy your life. My dad has lots of friends that he meets and he got those friends just by starting a little conversation. Now everyday when I go to emporium or central or a shopping mall my dad always meets a friend and starts a conversation. Once when my family went to Pattya my dad went to the bar and he started a conversation with a stranger that he thought was safe and this happens lots of times with my dad.

    By Madhav 👿

    • Mr. Sam
      November 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      It sounds as though your Dad and I are quite similar – I love to chat to different people wherever I go and I think that is because I was brought up to be courteous and gracious with strangers.

      • Madhav
        November 3, 2011 at 11:38 am


  4. 19pochrakamolp
    November 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Hi 6ss
    I think that means that you should say hi to other people or someone that you know every day. But you need to make a wise decisions.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Yes, even just saying “hi” to people shows that you value who they are and that you think they are worth acknowledging. Many people act as though people don’t exist or that they are not important enough to speak to.

  5. Pat
    November 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Mr Sam I think that this means that if you are kind and caring to the people of earth you will be an earth citizen because they are a citizen and you need to treat them as people not animals because they and you are the same species.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Indeed, Pat, we are all the same species and we all deserve respect.

  6. November 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Hi everyone

    I think it means that talk to people you know and also strangers if you feel safe. As much as we talk to strangers we will become happy and have more friends.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 3, 2011 at 8:23 am

      Definitely, it’s a bit like opening doors. If we are not friendly then we don’t open any doors and meet new people. If we are friendly then we open loads of doors and make loads of friends!

  7. 19vint
    November 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I think it is good to be courteous to strangers, but they can also be very sly and deceptive. When you see a stranger, I think you should only completely trust them if someone very close to you who is trust-able says so, like your parents for example, and also if you have quite a range of information about them. Here is a true example of what happened when the victims trusted strangers:
    When Columbus reached the Americas, the Indians traded with them and they became friends. Then, Columbus proclaimed himself governor and made the Indians slaves. It is all true. You can search about it, and it is also found on Brainpop.
    There are many reasons not to trust strangers, and I think only when you are completely safe then you can start forging a relationship with them.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

      I agree with most of what you say, Vin. However, this is also about different situations that we find ourselves in. When you are walking along a street for example, with your parents, you can easily say hello and be courteous because you are completely safe. There is no real reason to worry about it. If, however, you are alone somewhere then you need to use common sense to judge who is trustworthy and who is not.

      We don’t need to forge relationships with all strangers, but we do need to have an open mind so that we can work out who we like and who we don’t!

  8. Caities dad - Jeff
    November 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Part of being a citizen of the world means being open to the possibilities that you can learn from others that have different backgrounds and perspectives than you do.

    Being open and courteous to strangers is a prerequisite to meaningful conversations with these people that you can learn from. At least that has been my experience so far.

    It doesn’t mean you should believe everything strangers say, but you should be open to their perspectives and viewpoints.

    • Mr. Sam
      November 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Good points, Jeff. I have found that I learn so much from strangers in the countries I have lived in because I am friendly with them and show that I am interested in their culture and their way of life. Other people I have known, however, are much more closed and a little disdainful of people and, as a result, they have learned almost nothing about the people in different countries.

  9. Stefan
    November 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I think this quote means that you should say hello to people and treat them just like any one else.

  10. November 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I think this means that if you say hello to a stranger, you are a citizen of the world because you try to be friendly to the stranger that you don’t know.

    Also this quote is a very good one because it tells you to be nice and respect them.

    Being the citizen of the world means that you are really a part of the world and you know a lot of people.

    Being nice to strangers can change your thinking. Most people think that strangers are dangerous.

    You sometimes feel hurt when you say hello but they ignore. But it’s okay because you opened your mind first and said hello. They might not be ready for saying hi back.

  11. November 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    hi. when i feel happy inside it is easy for me to say hello and to smile to other people. I dont have a problem talking to strangers. every time i go wake boarding i meet strangers from all over the world. I like to talk and ask questions. and its nice because we have the same interests.At the end of the day, we exchange our e mail addresses and facebook. My mum says always…”we are all One” .. somethin like first love yourself and be happy within, so its easy to love and be nice to others. And because we are all one… we affect each other. So better do it in a positiv an lovin way. Like love to all. But this is my mums words. I dont get it yet so well. But one thing is clear. If you are nice to someone, not always, but sometimes people have no choice than to be nice too. Victor

  12. Melis
    November 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This quote has a very important message because most people would walk by and not care. This is because we grew up with our parents saying: “Don’t talk to strangers!” or “Don’t go near them they can’t be trusted!”. But actually, not all strangers are what we think they are.

  13. Yasmin :(
    November 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    If a man be’s nice and helpful to a stranger he is a citizen of the world

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: