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"Walking in other people's shoes" is an ongoing theme throughout history; it has been displayed in present times and in the past, by people as famous as Gandhi, fictional characters, such as Scout, and today's children.

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"'First of all,' he said, 'If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-' 'Sir?' '-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'" (Lee 30). This message, shared by Atticus Finch to his daughter, Scout, is a commonly shared method to promote understanding. "Climbing into another person's skin and walking around in it", or "walking in other people's shoes", as it is often told to today's young children, means to think about what it would be like to be that person and understand why they have their beliefs and ideals. "Walking in other people's shoes" is an ongoing theme throughout history; it has been displayed in present times and in the past, by people as famous as Gandhi, fictional characters, such as Scout, and today's children. Like Scout, I learned how to consider others' point of view by "walking in their shoes". Until the sixth grade, I attended church and Sunday School at Saint James Lutheran Church every Sunday. ...read more.

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The commune resident was used to a very liberal life; he grows the vegetables he eats every night for dinner and doesn't have to worry about his grades in school (Cable in the Classroom 1). The military school student is required to wear a uniform and lives a strict, disciplined life (Cable in the Classroom 1). When the two switch, the military school student joins a singing circle and takes classes about the animals living in the nearby pond(Cable in the Classroom 1). The commune resident marches in a parade and wears a uniform (Cable in the Classroom 1). Both enjoy the experiences, but would much rather be at home (Cable in the Classroom 1). The goal of this show is "to help young people understand the importance of accepting themselves and others for who they are" said Joanne Ikeda, who worked with Nickelodeon to produce the show (Yang 1). In the past, national leaders worked to unify their country; Mahatma Gandhi's method to achieve this goal involved "walking in other people's shoes". He is often referred to as one of the greatest national leaders. His policy of nonviolent disobedience, Satyagraha, has influenced many political activists. ...read more.

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He spun his own clothes and lived as though he was poor, like most of India at the time (Schmidt 1). He also tried to unify the Muslims and Hindus in India. He preached Muslim and Hindu ideals and lived with Muslim and Hindu families during his life ("Gandhi, Mahatma." 1). By living many different ways, Gandhi could understand all types of people. This made him a well-loved leader. From Sunday School classes to television shows to Gandhi, tolerance and understanding are important issues. People must learn to respect each other. If people took more time to "walk in each other's shoes" and understand the reason for their conflict, there would be much less tragedy. Terrorism, wars, starvation, and sickness would become less and less widespread issues. Many of us now have our own life stories of "walking in other people's shoes". On television today, children are learning how to accept different religions, disabilities, races, and interests. Although India was experiencing a time of political and religious upheaval during the time of Gandhi, he managed to keep most of the peace by unifying the nation under God. Harper Lee inspired many to disagree with racism. These victories in the battle against prejudice and violence will help the world achieve peace. ...read more.

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