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Because I think it really comes down to this
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So today is Spirit Day. I don't really have any purple to wear, nor anyone to see me wearing it. Bullying has been pretty exhaustively discussed on the internets the last few weeks (although I liked this post the best); I don't really want to get into any of the hows and whys. I was mildly tormented throughout my entire grade-school career, not nothing near as bad as a lot of people had to endure. And the one thing I've figured out from that experience, for absolute sure, is that bullying is able to happen when good people do nothing.

So it doesn't really matter to me what "reason" bullies decide on when they start picking on you. They don't think you're the "right" gender, the right orientation, the right color, the right size; I don't really care. What I'm telling you now is that I'm not going to just stand here anymore. Everyone always says, "Well, it's none of my business." Bullying will be my business now. If I see someone giving you shit, I will tell them to cut that shit out, and we'll take it from there. And if you aren't the one being bullied, and you're standing next to me, I hope you'll back me up. I hope you would do the same for me.

That's my contribution today.

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Sometimes I fret about bringing children into this world. I worry about how I instil good values and get them to hold true to said values even as they see other people totally disregarding them.

But then I had the epiphany that really, it's just one lesson. "Other people matter."

You can never cover every possible specific moment in life, but you don't need to either. I don't need to teach my children "if you're smoking a cigarette and stop to look at some clothes outside a shop, don't pick them up with the hand which is holding the cigarette"*. Because that property belongs to someone else, and other people matter.

*This was something I actually witnessed earlier this month, which lead to this realisation.

Good thinking.

Is so simple and yet so hard. But think that assholes are still going to have kids around and if nice smart, conscientious people don't leave at least their ideals through their kids the world is going to become even worse...a lot worse.

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