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Thoughts On Choosing Kindness

Thoughts On Choosing Kindness

I used to be a bully. Adults around me said that I was ‘bossy’, but really, I was controlling. I liked having power over people. I saw friends as people who were supposed to do what you wanted them to do, which tended to mean I gathered friends who were shy and retiring and then bossed them around a lot, until inevitably they learned how to stand up for themselves and found friends who were more chilled out. There was…

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When Should Books Be Banned?

When Should Books Be Banned?

How far can you go in a book before people start to react negatively to it, perhaps even to the point of banning it? How far should you go? These days, the Western world is so obsessed with feeling like they’ve got total freedom of speech that banning a book usually results in an internet outrage and numerous petitions, even if it’s only forbidding it to be taught in schools and not expressly banning it completely. (See: Looking For Alaska, where much of nerdfighteria…

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