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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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(02-22-2013 11:01 PM)SoulRiser Wrote:  
Quote:You founded this site? That's really great. You rule. I would like to thank you for creating such a community, where although we're not banding together physically we can all communicate and share a mutual passion for standing up against school.
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Quote:Maybe one day we can all even truly join together in our cities and be part of a movement for changing school and society altogether. I think that even Occupy should have had more emphasis on schools in America. Of course Occupy was destroyed by government bulldozers and police... It's really sickening.
It's not just America, though. I'm in South Africa, and many members here are from all over the world. Schools suck pretty much everywhere.

Caring about bad things is good... but I think you have to be careful to not let it make you depressed... being depressed doesn't solve anything, and just makes you enjoy life less (and possibly affects people who care about you as well). Sometimes it may be necessary to avoid knowing about bad things that you can't do anything about (I actually do this... I avoid the news, I avoid politics, I avoid reading about people dying in horrible ways... I'll rather just focus on one or 2 things, as long as I'm doing something to help someone somewhere, I don't really want to know about horrible things too much... It makes me sad and I don't like being sad...)

It was super foolish of me to speak for just America, especially seeing as even the said Occupy movement was international. I think I just think of American schools when I think of an education system that is corrupt and declining, like most other things in America these days. I wonder about schools in other nations all the time. I'm not surprised the issue is beyond the states. I'd imagine it's just as bad in European countries (England especially, that judgement being based mostly on Peter Pan and Pink Floyd music videos, ha), and places alike. That's very cool you're in South Africa! It's no surprise schools are screwed there too. Things in South Africa have a tendency to be full of injustice and negativity, going way back with European imperialism. Even with that said it must be such a beautiful country.

You're right indeed. I get depressed very easily when I think about things too much. So does my girlfriend, who goes to the same school as I do and we both have a mutual disgust for the place and the system. It seems even more rough when you have oppressive, systematic schooling on one hand and a dumbed-down, brainwashed generation on the other. There is no social movement to stand up against the way we are schooled. I think that's the next step in the staircase of civil rights if you ask me. It can't happen unless people wake up.
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Hey Everybody! - GamerGurl - 02-20-2013, 11:13 AM
Hey Everybody! - no - 02-20-2013, 11:14 AM
Hey Everybody! - brainiac3397 - 02-20-2013, 11:35 AM
Hey Everybody! - Ky - 02-20-2013, 11:40 AM
Hey Everybody! - brainiac3397 - 02-20-2013, 01:02 PM
RE: Hey Everybody! - Heil_Kaiba8921 - 02-21-2013, 01:10 AM
RE: Hey Everybody! - SoulRiser - 02-21-2013, 02:47 AM
Hey Everybody! - brainiac3397 - 02-21-2013, 05:11 AM
Hey Everybody! - brainiac3397 - 02-21-2013, 09:36 AM
RE: Hey Everybody! - Heil_Kaiba8921 - 02-21-2013, 02:48 PM
Hey Everybody! - brainiac3397 - 02-21-2013, 02:57 PM
Hey Everybody! - brainiac3397 - 02-22-2013, 08:02 AM
RE: Hey Everybody! - SoulRiser - 02-22-2013, 11:01 PM
RE: Hey Everybody! - TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised - 02-28-2013 11:44 AM
RE: Hey Everybody! - Heil_Kaiba8921 - 02-23-2013, 02:06 AM

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