I had some trouble with bullies when I was in middle school. In 5th grade I was in an accident (unrelated) and was in the hospital for several weeks. One hospital roommate was a kid with a bandaged head who did nothing but moan. What happened to him, I asked? Oh, he was a bully, I was told. But one day one of his victims was ready with a chain, and with no warning raked it across his face. Both eyes were destroyed. That's why he is moaning. Unbidden, my first thought was, well I guess his bullying days are over. I immediately felt ashamed. That kid sure paid a high price. I suspect so did his "victim". He's likely still alive, about 55 now. And still blind. Somehow after seeing that utterly pathetic moaning kid I never felt the same about my attempted torturers. I felt sorry for them. And that proved to be a pretty good defense.
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