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Condescension and intolerance from adults - last commented 22 January 2011 03:12 PM

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Comment 73 by aquilacane : P.S. despite your reluctance to accept it, you are intelligent. It took a second of reading to pick it up. At 17, you are way ahead of the game. Don’t drop the ball like I did!

Well, firstly, thank you, and secondly, I will certainly try not to (although I'm skeptical of your implied failure).

Once again, I would like to extend a warm 'thank you' to everyone who was generous enough to bestow some much needed advice (facetious or not) and support. You've been very kind.

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:23:45 UTC | #564467

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Once again, thank you for the responses everyone! I did read through them all, but it would be quite the task to respond to each of them as I had done previously.

Comment 46 by Stevehill : Surely it must be possible to set something up with a modest credit limit here?

Yes, I suppose I could find some way around this issue, although it would probably be best to wait until the tension between us dissipates - this only happened two days ago.

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:39:42 UTC | #563698

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Thank you for that intriguing little anecdote, Foolishfool. I'm glad that there are a few in here who can sympathize with me because they've endured similar oppressions.

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:07:17 UTC | #563355

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Again, thank you for the responses, everyone. As for ccw95005, I like to believe that I'm not a "[general] pain in the ass" but, naturally, I'm biased. Though I will acknowledge that I can 'difficult' at times, as the majority of teenagers can be. However, I will certainly try to maintain my composure and act calmly about the issue, as many have suggested I should. I assure you, I'm not the type to vociferously attack anyone, but, as you have all said, I could benefit from taking a more reserved approach.

Comment 24 by blitz442 : So by your parents' reckoning, you are old enough to receive the sacrament of confirmation, and have thus reached the age of discretion, but you are not old enough to question the basis of your beliefs?

Are you adopted?

Not to my knowledge.

Comment 25 by Callinectes :

'How does one cope with such tyrannical, oppressive, and intellectually stifling parents?'

Ask them, they deal with god all the time.

Oh my, what a wonderful remark.

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:29:33 UTC | #563335

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Comment 19 by Freethinker15 : Unfortuantely, it doesn't change with age. I am quite a bit older and most of my family adopt the same reasoning as your parents. Consequently, I've learnt to shut up about such things and accept that I'm in the intellectual wilderness when it comes to the real world and religion. Good luck.

I appreciate the response, Freethinker15.

Comment 20 by Jay G :I'm not sure. But I MIGHT say something like "Folks, I will keep my thoughts to myself, but I must insist that you respect my personal property. My books belong to me and at my age, I think I'm entitled to have my personal property respected"..

I don't know if it will work. I don't know your parents. Take it as a friendly suggestion from a 50+ father of 5.

All right. Thank you! Although, to be honest, I'm not sure what state my books are in, or even if they can be salvaged.

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:12:53 UTC | #563305

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