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Common Courtesy
by Archie Inoncillo


August 11, 2004

Brandi, I really want to thank you for addressing that article on respect and common courtesy. Something that people really have trouble with is compassion and respect for others. People just attack what they are ignorant about or find is "lower" than their standard of life.

You hear a lot of disrespect in the schools. I'm glad most teenagers at least have the respect to keep their comments to themselves sometimes, but it sucks that they have certain thoughts about people with a disability or even just someone that is not like them.

Teenagers are the most ruthless people on the planet. Let me say that straight up. Teenage years hold the defining moments that truly influence the most of the impressionable mind. They can either help them up or create such psychological damage.

A lot of the time it's not even about people with disabilities, but people who are different from the social norm of teenagers. People get bashed on verbally for liking a certain thing, acting a certain way, or being a certain type of person in general. And the words they use in the schools, such disrespectful words. I don't know if I'm allowed to use them in this article, but in the school I used to hear the words "fag", "homo", and "gay" said to someone at least once a day. Those are more harmful words than regular curses.

It's amazing how people would rather attack something they know nothing about more than take the time to understand what it is that they don't like about it. I'd understand if they had reasons for it, but it's shameful how people can just blindly hate something. Adults do this a lot too, with other adults and their children. I'm sorry that what I'm babbling about is not totally understandable, but if you would like more clarity, I suggest to anyone, adults or teens, to watch this movie "Bang! Bang! You're Dead!" Starring Ben Foster. Just watch it. It'll clear up all that I've said.

Sticks and stones may break your bones... But Words can destroy someone's spirit.

Archie Inoncillo
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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