Dear Ms Gresh: Another thing I learned because of my upbringing is to be tolerant of others. Being a military kid, I traveled extensively all over the world and dealt with many types of people (in and out of the military). I am very accepting of just about everyone. However I do have a problem with those that force their beliefs and narrow perspective on others especially those who are unable or incapable of defending themselves either physically or emotionally. I honestly do not have any "bitterness and anger" towards anyone including those mentioned. I sincerely want everyone to have a happy and fulfilling life (including the ex-wife). I hope those that treated me the way I mentioned eventually grew up and matured into decent adults. My fear is that they fell into the same rut that they most likely learned from their parents, one of intolerance and narrow minds.
I assure you that I lose no sleep over my experiences but only made reference to them to validate John's article. No child deserves to live in fear from anyone or anything. Effective political and social dialogues should always be done without the name calling and resorting to finger pointing which this conversation has fell into.
PS: I honestly have no idea what the "loquacious" sash and tiara is but I'm sure it would look wonderful with a new pair of shoes and a bag.
It's always interesting reading the various comments. There are all always the righteous with their (metaphorical) fist in the air and their deeply insightful comments in regards to other people's views. God forbid you should actually disagree with them! Their wrath is a horrible hammer dropped on you and anyone else who has the nerve to think or say something that does not follow their infallible reasoning. I can completely relate to John's article. My father was career military. I went to nine schools in 12 years. I was slim, not sports oriented and had a first name that was easy to make insults about and of course always being the "new kid" was an added bonus. Prime fodder for the kids John describes. After awhile it was easier to avoid any school gatherings, avoid any potential confrontation. In spite of the overall social acceptance of the relentless bulling, degradation, and humiliation I dealt with on a daily basis, I survived and quite well. Not because the constant barrage of insults and physical harassment "made a man out of me", but because of my own self-worth and self-esteem I developed. The bullies and sport jocks have pretty much disappeared into the obscurity of the middle/lower class. Where I am sure they haven't done much to further humanity other than to breed more narrow-minded canon fodder. So my advise to all thinking, aware citizens is to ignore these people as they represent nothing to you or our society other than an example of how not to be and a good yardstick of how far we need to go.
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