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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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Hey y'all.

Some of you may not know me, I haven't been on in ages. But I was pretty active here a few years back, and came on a few months ago for the hell of it.
And I'm not here to say "I'm back! I'll be posting a lot now!" Because I won't.

Not because I don't want to, and definitely not because I've all of a sudden changed my philosophy and am an avid pro-schooler or anything, just because I've had and will have other things on my plate. I was just filling out college applications and thought of this place.

I'm a senior in high school now, and I made my school-survival when I was a freshman. I was frustrated and over stressed and had nobody who truly agreed with me. I found this place and it became a community where I felt accepted, where my ideas and thoughts had worth.
I know this forum has gotten crazy and over the top sometimes, and there have been plenty of "This place is shit" threads.
But seriously? THIS BOARD ROCKS.
Because even though we all haven't started the revolutions we'd meant to, even though some of us are still in the school system we despise, this is a place where we can get things out, where we can talk and not feel like someone above us is pushing us down, where we can argue and bitch and debate without feeling like we're automatically less than the other person for any reason, age, education, whatever.

When I talk about my freshman and sophomore year, the years where my straight-As turned to Bs and Cs, when my teachers thought something was wrong with me, when school was a living hell, I STILL think of those years as extremely positive for me.

Mostly because of this board.
This board.
I found it by googling "I hate school" one bored day, procrastinating, hoping that the pile of homework, assholes at school, and stress would go away soon.
Through this site, I found The Teenage Liberation Handbook. I found Thoreau and Holt and Emerson and poetry and literature I loved and that touched me. I found acceptance from others and myself of things I'd felt for years but had never felt safe expressing. I found out that learning was more than doing what you are told, that learning is life.

Basically, I just wanted to say that this place helped me so much and that I'm so fond of this message board-it kept me sane until I figured out my OWN reasons to do well in school, which have motivated me infinitely more than any bullshit patting on the head from "superiors" or fear tactics from teachers could do. It taught me what kind of person I did and didn't want to be. It made me think. It taught me to argue, with others and myself. It taught me more about critical thinking than any school lesson or english class. It taught me that there are people out there that feel the way I feel, and that I am not alone, ever.

Really guys, thank you.
This place changed my life, even if all my plans didn't work out like I'd hoped. I'm still in high school, but I am doing what I want to, and I'm going to go to college for what I want to do, and I now know the difference between what success is for me and what people want to define as "success."

Thank you for keeping me sane and letting me speak my mind and teaching me to be my own person.
Stay awesome.

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An it Harm, Do Only What Ye Must


Lighten up! This life was made for experimenting, making mistakes, falling on our faces, and standing up to do it all over again.
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Carla Franklin may be a whore. She may be a wonderful, kind, moral woman. Seeing as I don't know her personally, I cannot know for sure. However, I find her actions (suing Google, requesting the personal info of her critics, getting angry over random internet idiocy that she should ignore and be bigger than, trying to get this site in trouble because of a few users' commentary on the situation, etc.) pretty ridiculous and unwarranted. If she didn't want people to to be talking about/judging her, well 1. that's impossible, she's a human, and 2. she shouldn't have been a model or agreed to be on film. AND 3. she DEFINITELY shouldn't have sued Google and made all this fuss over a few random idiots whom she probably won't ever know expressing their opinion. Mmkay? MMKAY.
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Coolness. I wasn't around when you were, but this place IS awesome. Remember for your kids, the bullshit that is school. Do not put them through the same shit.

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Why I remember you... Welcome back, and good luck with that college thing.

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I remember you. Welcome back, even though I guess you aren't gonna stay around for long.

And best of luck out there in the world. Salute

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Hey, I remember you Hug

It's always good to hear how this place helped someone. That makes it all worthwhile. Biggrin

Best of luck with college and life and stuff. What are you planning on doing?

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This place has helped me a lot too. I used to think that I was the only one that saw how fucking stupid school was, how stupid the government was, the pointlessness of life...people here tend not to be the same dumbass people I'm used to dealing with.

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Great post, and hi again Biggrin I'm really glad to see you around.

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I don't remember you, but I started going on here around eight grade and I am a senior as well... Anyways, a warm welcome back. Smile What college are you going to?
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Thanks, all of you!

(11-17-2011 01:06 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  Hey, I remember you Hug

It's always good to hear how this place helped someone. That makes it all worthwhile. Biggrin

Best of luck with college and life and stuff. What are you planning on doing?

I'm going to go for Theater, either a Theater Arts, Acting, or Musical Theater degree.

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An it Harm, Do Only What Ye Must


Lighten up! This life was made for experimenting, making mistakes, falling on our faces, and standing up to do it all over again.
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Carla Franklin may be a whore. She may be a wonderful, kind, moral woman. Seeing as I don't know her personally, I cannot know for sure. However, I find her actions (suing Google, requesting the personal info of her critics, getting angry over random internet idiocy that she should ignore and be bigger than, trying to get this site in trouble because of a few users' commentary on the situation, etc.) pretty ridiculous and unwarranted. If she didn't want people to to be talking about/judging her, well 1. that's impossible, she's a human, and 2. she shouldn't have been a model or agreed to be on film. AND 3. she DEFINITELY shouldn't have sued Google and made all this fuss over a few random idiots whom she probably won't ever know expressing their opinion. Mmkay? MMKAY.
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I remember you.
Welcome back nowhere.

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You know, this forum also helped me on keeping my sanity ok. It is right now a heaven to me, and It is helping me to stop being so worried with school stuff, at least for a while, and to forget homeworks, smart-asses classmates and grumpy old teachers.
Thanks, SoulRiser. If it wasn't for you, then my mentality will STILL be like this "OMYGOD I RECEIVED A F. I'M SO STUPID." "I DON'T HAVE FRIENDS. I'M SO ANTISSOCIAL." and stuff.
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I like this site
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Oh hey, I remember you as well, and, like you, I'm also a senior. Nice post, I agree with it. Seems like this place is doing some real good.

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I agree that this place rocks. Here you feel accepted (yes, even me, with very different views) and I'm not being bitched upon. And you can laugh for days just by reading random topics. And.......

This place is the best on the internet.
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Welcome back. Yeah I like this place.

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lol @ people not looking at post dates

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Lol.

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It's never too old to bump

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#HashTagsAreForIdiots

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Max Stirnir Wrote:"In the time of spirits thoughts grew till they overtopped my head, whose offspring they yet were; they hovered about me and convulsed me like fever-phantasies -- an awful power. The thoughts had become corporeal on their own account, were ghosts, e. g. God, Emperor, Pope, Fatherland, etc. If I destroy their corporeity, then I take them back into mine, and say: "I alone am corporeal." And now I take the world as what it is to me, as mine, as my property; I refer all to myself." The Ego and Its Own, pg. 15
Charles Manson Wrote:“Look down at me and you see a fool;
look up at me and you see a god;
look straight at me and you see yourself”
HeartofShadows Wrote:"Life is nothing more than a druggie trying to get their quick fix of happiness while dealing with the harsh withdrawal of reality"
Osip Mandelstam Wrote:"I divide all of world literature into authorized and unauthorized works. The former are all trash; the latter--stolen air. I want to spit in the face of every writer who first obtains permission and then writes." The Fourth Prose, 1930.
Lukas Foss Wrote:That is why the analogy of stealing does not work. With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole, and from whom. With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom, but what he did with it.
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(04-04-2012 06:55 PM)bulgvar666 Wrote:  and I'm not being bitched upon.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
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(04-05-2012 02:49 AM)alexander144 Wrote:  
(04-04-2012 06:55 PM)bulgvar666 Wrote:  and I'm not being bitched upon.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

BLAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA :( So amusing, isn't it?

And yes, I'm being serious. I can't recall someone bitching upon me on this site, except the regular debates and arguments, but I don't mean bitching in that way, since by that logic I bitch my opponents too (which is true?)

Have a nice day,
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