I haven't much to say on this hot topic at the moment, but Charles Blow wrote a beautiful editorial about bullying in NYT. I was bullied as a child, and these words ring true to me:
That is an almost frighteningly accurate description.
"I felt free only when I could separate myself from myself -- when I could imagine that I was apart from my life and body. There, in the ephemeral nothingness, in the quiet space of the mind, I found peace. I liked it there. I didn't want to return to the world. Life was too hard and treacherous."
The idea that 17th-century Shakespeare plays can be relevant to the contemporary bullying problem came from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Associate producing director Timothy Orr and education associate Amanda Giguere had been brainstorming about the fall school tour of "Twelfth Night," a romantic comedy in which a servant named Maria decides to get back at Malvolio, a dour, mean-spirited steward, by forging a love letter from him to his employer, Lady Olivia."The idea hit me that in 'Twelfth Night,' everyone mistreats each other," Orr said. "It's like a practical joke gone too far, and I thought, 'Let's talk about bullying.' "
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