That’s what you tell yourself when you’re 8 yrs old but you know it’s a lie even then. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”. It helped me but it’s still a lie.

That’s what you tell yourself when you’re 8 yrs old but you know it’s a lie even then.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”.
It helped me but it’s still a lie.

It’s still a lie though. If it were true, why the need to develop a thick skin?

I understand what you’re selling here. It’s a modified “sticks and stones” philosophy – and because assholes abound, it’s an unfortunate necessity in some places with some people.

But the need for a pragmatic defense ALSO shows that words do have impact, they do matter, the choices make a difference.

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Shilling mar triv com milchilif ik frop. Moi zhlarg kiv mooju, nu blamil du trop.

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What meaning did you give to my words?
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  I gave it rhythm and rhyme. But there were several implied meanings behind my choosing to say that in this conversation at this time. What were they?
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  Some people are incapable of reading implied meanings: I had to consciously learn how myself and I’m still always learning. It’s possible that you’re unable to read implied meaning.
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  It’s possible you’re somewhere on the autistic spectrum. It’s not uncommon.
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 Inability to read implications is common in Aspergers. Taking words at face value and unable to understand why neurotypical people see implications when they see nothing but words with basic meanings.
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 “It’s humorous when I use certain words and people make funny faces and reactions when I do”.
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  It’s the idiocy that’s my issue. Will this blow over? Sure. Will millions of 8 yr old “Mavericks” worldwide be asking teachers, parents, etc about suicide? Yup.So maybe it’ll turn out fine.

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  It’s probably the first dead hanging body they’ve seen.
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