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I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

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-SoulRiser

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If the choice were given to be a wise man or a rich man...
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If the choice were given to be a wise man or a rich man...

If there were the choice of wisdom and understanding over friends and normality, which is better?
Wisdom brings the heart into the mind, allowing one to act as one might call best for the situation for both the emotional and the mental. But what are the downsides of this?
And being normal. Would being a part of something be more important? Isn't it that friendships are the the key part of any life? Who else could you depend on? Why give this up for the sake of something you could gain with time?
Or for vice-versa?

What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.
M. C. Escher
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The nearest to my heart are a king without a kingdom and a poor man who does not know how to beg.
Khalil Gibran

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04-28-2008 11:03 AM
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If the choice were given to be a wise man or a rich man... - SleeperAwakes - 04-28-2008 11:03 AM

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