{AHS Lesson 10} The First Crusade

Hello Students! Welcome back to Anime High School 🙂


Today, class, we’ll be going back… in time. *insert mysterious music*

Student (Susila): “Oooh, similar to Steins Gate?”

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I meant that as a figure of speech, not literally… Moving on!

If you are literate and can read what is written on the whiteboard, indeed we’ll be discussing The First Crusade today.

In all honesty, I had absolutely no knowledge of this before today, for I’m not a Christian. I know it doesn’t take one to be a Christian to have general knowledge but history’s not really one of my passions.

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The First Crusade, in 1096 – 1099, played a very important part in Medieval England. It was an attempt to re-capture Jerusalem, which was taken in the Muslim conquests during 632-661.

According to the New Testament, Jerusalem was the city to which Jesus was brought as a child, to be presented at the Temple and to attend festivals.

Furthermore, under the rule of the Muslims, any Christian who wanted to pay a pilgrimage to the city faced a very hard time. Muslim soldiers made life very difficult for the Christians and trying to get to Jerusalem was filled with danger for a Christian. This greatly angered all Christians.

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A Christian, called Alexius I of Constantinople, feared that his country might also fall to the Muslims as it was very close to their territory. Thus, he called on the pope – Urban II – to provide him with assistance.

In 1095, Pope Urban II spoke to a large crowd at Clermont in France. He called for a war against the Muslims so that Jerusalem was regained for the Christian faith. In his speech he said: “Christians, hasten to help your brothers in the East, for they are being attacked. Arm for the rescue of Jerusalem under your captain Christ. Wear his cross as your badge. If you are killed, your sins will be pardoned.”

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The First Crusade had an arduous journey getting to Jerusalem:

Without control over the Mediterranean Sea, they had no choice but to cross by land. In the course of their expedition, they covered hundreds of miles, through scorching heat and deep snow.

The Crusaders had also ran out of fresh water, and were forced to drinking their own urine, animal blood or water that had been in sewage.

Food was bought from local people but at very expensive prices. Some men were reduced to pillaging and plunder in order to get food.

Disease was common especially as men were weakened by the journey and drinking dirty water. Dysentery was common. Heat stroke also weakened many Crusaders. Disease and fatigue affected rich and poor alike.

More than half of the entire army had died, by the time they reached Jerusalem.

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Student (Teresa): “Why did they not ensure that there was adequate preparations beforehand?”

I admit, I admire the crusaders’ unyielding strength and desire for the sake of their religion. Despite all the obstacles, they persevered and managed to achieve their intended objectives.

But at what cost?

Similar to what Teresa had said, the reason why the crusaders faces so many challenges was due to poor foresight and planning. In life, we need to think thoroughly first and then, prepare ample resources and materials, before carrying out the particular action.

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… is fundamental for anything that we do.

Forgive me for saying this, but it is quite an extreme view to say that the First Crusade was a success.

In my opinion, the satisfaction in terms of the recapturing of Jerusalem, is unable to outweigh the significant loss of lives throughout the crusade, plus the grief inflicted on the victims’ families. Therefore, if we were to measure the overall benefits and drawbacks, the First Crusade should not have been organised at that point in time.


But students, this has solely been about the Christians. What about the Muslims and their welfare?

Indeed the Muslims were the ones who perpetrated this war with Christians, by attacking the city of Jerusalem in the past. But was it right to massacre all of them, after the recapturing of Jerusalem?

In Christianity, the second Greatest Commandment is “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself“.

I believe that Jesus also said to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you“.

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Considering these aspects, how is the massacre different from the recent actions of ISIS right now? There is absolutely no form of justification behind the ruthless killing of Muslims by the Christian crusaders, other than pure vengeance, which is what Jesus does not advocate.

All in all, the First Crusade may be an event of the past, but I hope everyone of you learn from the important takeaways history provides you with. Do not let history repeat itself. Violence and war can NEVER be justified as a panacea to problems, unless it is self-defense. There are many other alternative methods that will prove to be beneficial for everyone.

If the recent extreme actions of ISIS are not enough to ingrain this notion, I don’t know what will.

Have a good day, yall! Class is dismissed 🙂


Hayao Miyazaki Calls Charlie Hebdo Cartoons a “Mistake”

“Your liberty to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins.”

We may have freedom of speech, but if our freedom to say anything we want, infringes on others’ right to not be degraded by others, then our actions will not be justified.

Indeed, no act of violence will ever be justified. However, as Taiga has pointed out, mutual respect is fundamental in terms of religion, and if we repeatedly cross the line, some individuals may turn the fury they have been surpressing over the years, into actions.

Who is the true villain in this case? This is debatable.

But what is absolutely certain, is that we need to respect each others’ beliefs, respect each others’ way of life, respect each others’ religion. If we can’t even uphold this simple and basic rule, then maybe we should start reflecting on our actions and attitude.

“Only if you respect others, will others then respect you.”

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Last month, the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were attacked, leaving twelve dead. Recently, however, famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he believes the French paper’s Muhammad cartoons were a “mistake.”

In a TBS radio interview, Miyazaki discussed the shooting, which took the lives of several of France’s most famous satirical cartoonists. Miyazaki is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli and responsible for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro.

“For me, I think it’s a mistake to make caricatures of what different cultures worship,” said Miyazaki when asked about the Hebdo attack [via Yahoo! News]. “It’s a good idea to stop doing that.”

That doesn’t mean Miyazaki is against satire or criticism. For him, caricatures should be used in a different manner.

“First and foremost, [caricatures] should be made of your own country’s politicians.” According to 47News, Miyazaki added, “It just looks suspicious to go after political…

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It’s No Use Crying Over Spilt Blood

In life, we are often subjected to mistreatment by others. For their own desires, some people may cause you to experience physical or even, emotional suffering. One prominent example in our society today would be, bullying. Be it physical harm, or cyber-hate, these negative actions towards us will result in our sadness and anger. If we cannot learn to ignore them, it may result in us developing a sense of hatred towards the bullies, and commit harmful actions as well.


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Why do you ache your heart, fall apart?
When you can bury the hatchet and have a fresh start?
Why do you languish, lour, loathe anything?
When you can live, laugh, love everything?

It’s no use crying over spilt blood.
There’s no point diluting that scarlet flood.
It’s only when you can let it go,
Will joy then flow and fill you whole.


I believe that we should all stand up for ourselves against bullies. But I do not feel that hurting them back is the right course of action. Because if we harm them, won’t we become the bully instead?

Thus, the best way is to first consult one’s family, friends and teachers. If that does not work, tell the bully to stop, in a calm and clear voice. If speaking up is too difficult or unsafe, walk away and stay away from the bully. One method that I encourage is to find an online anti-bullying forum group. This way, you can discuss with other victims on ways to stop bullying, or just simply read up on others’ advice and support.


Just remember that whatever happens, there is always a way out.

Just remember that whatever happens, there are people that support you no matter where they are ❤

War and Bloodshed

So I’ve recently watched Tokyo Ghoul Episode 7, and I wanted to voice out my opinions on the incessant bloodshed between humans and ghouls.

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Basically, Human X kills Ghoul Y. Friend of Ghoul Y takes revenge and kills friends of Human X. Human X gets angry and is determined to kill all ghouls.

My point is that humans hate ghouls because they kill their loved ones. But little do they realise that they have actually harmed the ghouls in the first place. Thus, who is it to blame, but themselves?

Because of the continuous fighting, they kill each other and then, mourn over the loss of lives. So what is the root of the problem?

This type of phenomenon is also mirrored in Romeo and Juliet, where Tybalt kills Mercutio, and then got killed by Romeo for revenge.

We harm others, others harm us back.

As the saying goes:

La haine attire la haine! (Hatred breeds hatred)

So if we can all take one step back, relinquish the narrow-mindedness of our vision with the only focus being the other party, and look at the overall situation, only then would we realise the mass of dead bodies all around us, kin or no kin. Maybe then can we understand the impact we have dealt, the damage we have done, the lives we have made lost, the loss we cannot gain back…

This goes out to the Israel-Gaza conflict happening now. More than 2000 people have been killed, with uncountable wounded, and a significant percentage of the victims in Gaza are mere CHILDREN. Children who have yet to grow up, to learn about the world, to play and have fun with their friends. Neither side has any justification to kill anyone. Pope Francis has also raised pleas to attempt to stop the conflict, but it’s just a fruitless endeavour.

Just how many lives do we have to lose, before we realise war and bloodshed is meaningless and no good will ever come out of it?