RIP School Survival Forums
August 2001 - June 2017

The School Survival Forums are permanently retired. If you need help with quitting school, unsupportive parents or anything else, there is a list of resources on the Help Page.

To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

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.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

The forums are mostly read-only and are in a maintenance/testing phase, before being permanently archived. Please use this time to get the contact details of people you'd like to keep in touch with. Send me a message if you'd like to keep in touch with me & Steve.

Please do not make a mirror copy of the forums in their current state - things will still change, and some people have requested to be able to edit or delete some of their personal info.


Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.
Author Message
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #1
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

The thread title, basically.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-12-2014 10:43 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
James Comey Away
Banished Oldfaf in Exile

Posts: 6,519
Joined: Aug 2013
Thanks: 1081
Given 2292 thank(s) in 1517 post(s)
Post: #2
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

What's your eye color?

Have you been to a desert?

RIP GWEDIN
RIP URITIYOGI
RIP NIGHT
RIP VONUNOV
RIP WES/THEWAKE
RIP USERNAME

[Image: Nas-One-Love.jpg]

Stop jerking off to porn and whining and do something about it

Make School Survival Great Again - MSSGA

Hidden stuff:

[Image: BallsofSteel2.png]
[Image: mg_michelle_2020.png]
05-12-2014 11:03 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #3
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-12-2014 11:03 AM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  What's your eye color?
Blue.

(05-12-2014 11:03 AM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  Have you been to a desert?
Negative.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-12-2014 11:06 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Sharpie Offline
Banned

Posts: 1,426
Joined: Nov 2011
Thanks: 21
Given 169 thank(s) in 113 post(s)
Post: #4
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Do you love me?

Do you like muffins?

What should I put on my burger later?

Why does my mouse glide so smoothly across my desk?

Why do I sit in awkward positions while on the computer?

Do you drink eyedrops?
05-12-2014 11:18 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #5
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-12-2014 11:18 AM)Sharpie Wrote:  Do you love me?
No.

(05-12-2014 11:18 AM)Sharpie Wrote:  Do you like muffins?
When I was six I had a rather unpleasant incident with muffins, so no.

(05-12-2014 11:18 AM)Sharpie Wrote:  What should I put on my burger later?
Blame.

(05-12-2014 11:18 AM)Sharpie Wrote:  Why does my mouse glide so smoothly across my desk?
It wants to be a rubber ball when it grows up.

(05-12-2014 11:18 AM)Sharpie Wrote:  Why do I sit in awkward positions while on the computer?
Because computers are not large enough to provide adequate support for the human body.

(05-12-2014 11:18 AM)Sharpie Wrote:  Do you drink eyedrops?
No, but I found out when I was very young that tears are delicious.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-12-2014 11:32 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Ky Offline
Shadow

Posts: 5,201
Joined: Aug 2012
Thanks: 1798
Given 1467 thank(s) in 972 post(s)
Post: #6
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Why did you kill planetfall666?
What did he do to you?
Where did you hide the body?
Hidden stuff:
Can I have his stuff?

Public Service Announcement: First world problems are still problems.
05-12-2014 12:29 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
brainiac3397 Offline
Machiavellian Amoeba

Posts: 9,823
Joined: Feb 2013
Thanks: 20
Given 1983 thank(s) in 1428 post(s)
Post: #7
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Opinion of The brain, master of humanity, deity of the only religion that shall spread across the globe, ruler of the Earth and crazy dude who dresses with class?
Biggrin

Personality DNA Report
(06-14-2013 08:02 AM)Potato Wrote:  watch the fuq out, we've got an "intellectual" over here.

Hidden stuff:
[Image: watch-out-we-got-a-badass-over-here-meme-240x180.png]
Brainiac3397's Mental Health Status Log Wrote:[Image: l0Iy5HKskJO5XD3Wg.gif]
05-12-2014 01:17 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Gwedin Offline
dumb shithead

Posts: 2,361
Joined: May 2013
Thanks: 217
Given 559 thank(s) in 410 post(s)
Post: #8
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

how cool am I on a scale of 1-10?
05-12-2014 01:49 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Cianna200 Offline
Pariah

Posts: 948
Joined: Oct 2013
Thanks: 2
Given 366 thank(s) in 210 post(s)
Post: #9
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

What 4 religions do I like?

Christianity
Buddhism
Judaism
New age
Islam
Wicca
Hinduism
05-12-2014 01:52 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #10
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-12-2014 12:29 PM)DoA Wrote:  Why did you kill planetfall666?
I didn't kill him. I merely absorbed his mind. Though from the outside I guess it looks more or less the same, especially the whole stabbing bit.

(05-12-2014 12:29 PM)DoA Wrote:  What did he do to you?
Have a delicious mind.

(05-12-2014 12:29 PM)DoA Wrote:  Where did you hide the body?
On a comet that will hit earth in its early days and start the evolution of all life.

(05-12-2014 12:29 PM)DoA Wrote:  
Hidden stuff:
Can I have his stuff?
As he still lives inside my head, no, you can't. When he and I are both dead, maybe.

(05-12-2014 01:17 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Opinion of The brain, master of humanity, deity of the only religion that shall spread across the globe, ruler of the Earth and crazy dude who dresses with class?
Biggrin
Meh. Unoriginal.

(05-12-2014 01:49 PM)Gwedin Wrote:  how cool am I on a scale of 1-10?
11

(05-12-2014 01:52 PM)Cianna200 Wrote:  What 4 religions do I like?

Christianity
Buddhism
Judaism
New age
Islam
Wicca
Hinduism
Taking a biased wild guess here... Buddhism, New Age, Wicca, Hinduism?

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-12-2014 08:19 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
SoulRiser Offline
Site Founder

Posts: 18,240
Joined: Aug 2001
Thanks: 2673
Given 1975 thank(s) in 1208 post(s)
Post: #11
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

How many birds can you see from where you're sitting right now?

"If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them." - Dalai Lama
Help & Support - Get help with leaving school, unsupportive parents, and more.
Click here if school makes you depressed or suicidal

Support School Survival on Patreon or Donate Bitcoin Here: 1Q5WCcxWjayniaL92b8GfXBiGdfjmnUNa2
"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." - André Paul Guillaume Gide
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein
"I'm pretty sure there's a lot of beauty that can only be found in the mind of a lunatic." - TheCancer
EIPD - Emotionally Incompetent Parent Disorder

Push Button for Collection of Useful Links:
Hidden stuff:
05-12-2014 09:28 PM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Cianna200 Offline
Pariah

Posts: 948
Joined: Oct 2013
Thanks: 2
Given 366 thank(s) in 210 post(s)
Post: #12
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

-gasp you got them right!
05-12-2014 11:19 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #13
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-12-2014 09:28 PM)SoulRiser Wrote:  How many birds can you see from where you're sitting right now?
Absolutely none. The only window in the room has the blinds closed, and only overlooks the neighbor's messy termite farm yard.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-13-2014 05:35 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
brainiac3397 Offline
Machiavellian Amoeba

Posts: 9,823
Joined: Feb 2013
Thanks: 20
Given 1983 thank(s) in 1428 post(s)
Post: #14
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Unoriginal.

Somebody wants an arrow to the knee cause you don't just -insert verb- into Mordor foo'

Personality DNA Report
(06-14-2013 08:02 AM)Potato Wrote:  watch the fuq out, we've got an "intellectual" over here.

Hidden stuff:
[Image: watch-out-we-got-a-badass-over-here-meme-240x180.png]
Brainiac3397's Mental Health Status Log Wrote:[Image: l0Iy5HKskJO5XD3Wg.gif]
05-13-2014 09:28 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #15
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-13-2014 09:28 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Unoriginal.

Somebody wants an arrow to the knee cause you don't just -insert verb- into Mordor foo'

You did not post a question. You are now exiled to wander the YouTube comments for all eternity.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-13-2014 09:32 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
brainiac3397 Offline
Machiavellian Amoeba

Posts: 9,823
Joined: Feb 2013
Thanks: 20
Given 1983 thank(s) in 1428 post(s)
Post: #16
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-13-2014 09:32 AM)no Wrote:  
(05-13-2014 09:28 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Unoriginal.

Somebody wants an arrow to the knee cause you don't just -insert verb- into Mordor foo'

You did not post a question. You are now exiled to wander the YouTube comments for all eternity.

NOOOO!!!

They used to be decent...but perhaps that was before Google ate Youtube.

Mention a most watched Youtube video maker or whatever they called.(or a specific video. Whichever)

Personality DNA Report
(06-14-2013 08:02 AM)Potato Wrote:  watch the fuq out, we've got an "intellectual" over here.

Hidden stuff:
[Image: watch-out-we-got-a-badass-over-here-meme-240x180.png]
Brainiac3397's Mental Health Status Log Wrote:[Image: l0Iy5HKskJO5XD3Wg.gif]
05-13-2014 09:39 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #17
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-13-2014 09:39 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Mention a most watched Youtube video maker or whatever they called.(or a specific video. Whichever)

Justin Bieber songs. Suffer!

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-13-2014 10:37 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #18
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Bumpity bump bump.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-24-2014 08:48 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Ky Offline
Shadow

Posts: 5,201
Joined: Aug 2012
Thanks: 1798
Given 1467 thank(s) in 972 post(s)
Post: #19
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Are you sure I can't have his stuff?

Public Service Announcement: First world problems are still problems.
05-24-2014 08:52 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #20
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-24-2014 08:52 AM)DoA Wrote:  Are you sure I can't have his stuff?
Completely sure.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-24-2014 08:56 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
James Comey Away
Banished Oldfaf in Exile

Posts: 6,519
Joined: Aug 2013
Thanks: 1081
Given 2292 thank(s) in 1517 post(s)
Post: #21
XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

Can you give me 5 pennies?

RIP GWEDIN
RIP URITIYOGI
RIP NIGHT
RIP VONUNOV
RIP WES/THEWAKE
RIP USERNAME

[Image: Nas-One-Love.jpg]

Stop jerking off to porn and whining and do something about it

Make School Survival Great Again - MSSGA

Hidden stuff:

[Image: BallsofSteel2.png]
[Image: mg_michelle_2020.png]
05-24-2014 12:15 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
no Offline
True Scotsman

Posts: 1,238
Joined: Nov 2012
Thanks: 920
Given 474 thank(s) in 299 post(s)
Post: #22
RE: XI. Thou shalt ask me questions.

(05-24-2014 12:15 PM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  Can you give me 5 pennies?

False. For one thing, I don't know where to mail them. I also do not have any sort of online money sendy thingy to send you 5 cents that way.

However, if you come visit me (a trip that will cost significantly more than five pennies) I can give you them.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-24-2014 01:41 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Contact Us | School Survival | Return to Top | Return to Content | Mobile Version | RSS Syndication