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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.

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Piggy, why are you so angry?
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Piggy, why are you so angry?

Driftglass is one of the best writers I've ever read. He has something important to say. I understand what he means. I think some of you do too.

Quote:Bullied means Dad or Teacher or the Principal or the Priest can offer you useful advice or intercession; terrorized means you learn far too young that adults are often weak or ineffectual of liars.

Terrorized means sitting in your tie and shirt-sleeves in Sunday School, listening to sermons about the Prince of Peace and being kind and forgiving, alongside of people who will pound you into the ground like a tent spike the minute you get outside.

Terrorized means while he or she empathizes, the Teacher is very, very busy and there are so many rules, and they really can’t do a fucking thing.

Terrorized means watching the Principal pin ribbons on the some of the people who just ripped your shirt off and flushed it down the toilet.

Terrorized means discovering to your astonishment that the parents of your tormenters actually teach their little raptors to be brutal pricks and reward them when they're especially good at it.

Terrorized means learning far too early that the System will not defend you if you are an Outsider. That the Large Print Regulations and Commandments that are supposed to protect you always come with tricksy Fine Print that somehow always ends up meaning– so sorry – nothing can be done.

Terrorized means learning bruise-by-bruise that there is a world-full of secret, unwritten rules that protect the same people that the sermons and civics classes condemn.

Terrorized you suddenly discover have been force-marched into a different, alien country, and abandoned there.

More here:

I got nothin'.
07-02-2007 05:45 AM
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Very true.
07-02-2007 09:32 AM
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truly amazing and very powerful

I highly suggest Mobb Deep's albums The Infamous and Hell on Earth, if you have not listened to it yet.
07-02-2007 10:19 AM
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