The topics of this philosophical “book” range include love, abuse, parents, authority, religion, maturity, and honesty.
If nothing else, it is a thought-provoking read.
Fantasy and irony:
I said: “Mom, I feel that you don’t listen to me.”
My mother replied: “Don’t be silly — of course I listen to you!”
The essence of wisdom is learning the value of “staying in the conversation,” even when it makes you uncomfortable.
Especially when it makes you uncomfortable.
Morality and authority:
When I was six, I was sent to an English boarding school. One of the rules there was that I was had to wear garters around my socks to keep them up, especially in church. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I entered the church without my garters on, I was being “disrespectful to God.” This didn’t make much sense to me; I argued that God made my legs, and men made garters, and I was sure that God would appreciate looking at his own creation rather than something that men made.
Naturally, my objections were also framed as immoral talkback – I was being “disrespectful” to the headmaster.
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