This is difficult to say - it was hard for me to swallow - but this kind of thing only works with kids who are already bright and sensitive.

Too many years, too much wasted effort, have taught me that the 'ordinary' person combines the intellect of a snail with the attention-span of an ADHD mayfly and the temperament of a half-starved wolverine.

Many of those lashing out are expressing their emotions. Not in 'the only way they can', but because this viciousness and violence is natural to them, just as unbridled greed is to others. It is, or should be, the role of responsible people to teach discipline.

Passion is for the bedroom, aggression and competitiveness for the sports field. Working life, social interaction, should be faced with calmness, gravity, dignity and always courtesy.

I'm a hard-bitten, disappointed old curmudgeon who often falls short of his own ideals these days. But I'm still, I hope, a little better than the folk - the people in authority, even - who I see conductng themselves without self-control or dignity even in public. Tearful, enraged, shouting and gesturing, gigglng like schoolgirls, laughing like hyaenas - don't they see how they lessen themselves?

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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