She Crawled Out of the Sea, Straight Out of My Arms

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Emotional Contagion is a phenomenon in which the surrounding recipients assimilate to the alpha mood being emitted within the proximity, usually through to contagiousness. This applies to good emotions or bad, and since I was in a stage of negativity and depression, I could only expect to recieve that same kind of company. (Regardless of whether or not my feelings were factually accurate.) I didn’t even like me, so why would I expect anyone else?

Flannery O’Connor wrote in one of her letters; “from 15 to 18 is an age at which one is very sensitive to the sins of others, as I know from recollections myself. At that age you don’t look for what is hidden. It is a sign of maturity not to be scandalized and to try to find explanations in charity.” This basically means, “give them a break, you younguns are so quick to judge, its childish. You don’t think twice about why people do things the way they do or think the way they think. You’re obviously not giving a second thought because you don’t have the graciousness to be empathetic or too preoccupied with thinking towards your own welfare.

Statistically, Americans are the worst mates one can choose, due to our arrogance. Past traditions get trampled underfoot, and ironically, this is the American way. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind,” said Ghandi, but did America have to become a living, breathing example of that?

“Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” Proverbs 26:20

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