Interesting read until I got to the part where they discourage breastfeeding teenage boys. After that I was able to finish the rest of it but not without smiling and laughing.
I'm not an expert on the Texas shooting, but from what I saw in interviews with the boy's grandfather and father, the disconnection in that family was off the charts.
The men didn't seem to be even connected to Earth the way they spoke. The father blamed the mother for the boy being bullied in school because of wearing the same jeans every day. He said she should have taken care of that. What was stopping him from helping?
I listened to a brief interview in Spanish with the mass murderer's mother, behind the wheel of a car. I felt terribly sorry for her, because she lost her son. He was sent off in the worst way, shot dead by law enforcement officers. Her son committed the most horrendous crime imaginable. She was as delusional as could be imagined, carrying on about what a good boy he was, probably the only way for her to cope.
Just watched that interview. Apparently, in a different interview,she admitted her son could be aggressive when he was angry, and that it worried her.
He was badly bullied in middle school for stuttering and a lisp. He became less social after that and hated going to school. A friend said he was bullied by multiple people over social media and gaming. He was once bullied for posting a photo of himself wearing eyeliner.
His friend said after that, he started wearing all black clothing and military boots, and he was getting "worse and worse".
He had recently posted an Instagram of he and his mom yelling at each other. He said she wanted to kick him out. A neighbor said they'd have blow ups and the police were called.
Several people said his mother used drugs, which made the situation worse. He moved to his grandparent's house.
He worked in fast food and some of the workers said he was mostly quiet, but could be very rude and aggressive. There were videos of him at the park trying to fight people with boxing gloves that he would carry with him. He'd post videos of himself with knives and guns and training for fights.
One of his friends said he showed up to a park with his face all scratched up. His friend asked what happened and he said he'd cut his face up with knives because it was fun. He told classmates he liked the way it looked.
He used to drive around with a BB gun and shoot people and egg cars. A year ago, he posted photos of automatic rifles that were on his "wish list" and a few days before the shooting he posted photos of two rifles captioned "pics of my guns".
The Committee's "Formula For Tranquility" is a gem.
How does one stop spending time with a friend after determining they aren't good for your state-of-mind, without offending them?
Another person's choice to be offended is not under your control, it's not your responsibility.
I normally think "ghosting" a friend is a terrible thing.
However, I dropped a friend a few years ago without a single word. It would have been a horrible experience for both of us to tell them the reasons. I just quit calling them and eventually after much avoidance on my part, they figured out that I was done.
It was still awkward because there was no avoiding seeing this person because they are a relative of someone close to me. We are polite when we see each other, and we will help each other if necessary, but we know we are not friends without saying it.
I only asked because of TC's comment that you shouldn't fire an employee in silence. This is kinda the same thing.
I always thought the golden rule encompassed all behaviour needed to have a peaceful world.
“Do unto others as you would have then do unto you”
Found in the Bible
A great start but the other person may not appreciate being treated the same way as you would like to be treated. There is no substitute to knowing the other person and to knowing thyself. There are all kinds of us.
Good point TV but it would seem to eliminate the basics based on man’s instinct for survival thus a great start by all means
“Q: But nobody can see the future.
C: Of course you can. Such statement is intellectual sloth, vulgar laziness of mind.”
How to warn others without creating more fear, is the issue for me.
Weigh benefits and problems caused; equilibrium being different for everybody. Worry not, everyone will find out anyway, thus have the opportunity to choose a reaction.