"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.

The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”

All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.

And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”

Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via princeofegypts)

How I Think Isaac Reacted to the Cigarette Metaphor

  • (Isaac and Gus are just casually playing video games)
  • (Gus whips out a cigarette)
  • Isaac: Dude, you smoke in the house my mom will be pissed. She's afraid I might get cancer or something. (smirks at his own joke)
  • Gus: I'm not lighting it.
  • Isaac: What?
  • Gus: It's a metaphor.
  • Isaac: Oh God, not this again. (Pauses game) Can't you just write poetry like a normal pretentious teen.
  • Gus: I can't write.
  • Isaac: That's probably for the best, actually.
  • Gus: Can you unpause the game?
  • Isaac: Will you tell me what the oh so beautiful metaphor is.
  • Gus: You put the thing that can kill you between your lips, but you never light it. You never give it the power to kill you.
  • Isaac: Do you just keep a notepad next to you while you watch Soap Operas, or are you too busy jacking off to them.
  • Gus: This is a good metaphor!
  • Isaac: Like that one about crushing all flowers because they look as beautiful dead as alive?
  • Gus: I-
  • Isaac: Or when you walked around wearing a sock on your head to prove that the reverse works as well?
  • Gus: Well-
  • Isaac: Or that one time-
  • Gus: Would you just let me do my freaking metaphors?
  • (Isaac smirks and turns back to the game)
  • Isaac: Well, I guess if you want to put a fag between your lips, that's your business. No judgment.
  • (Gus throws a pillow at Isaac, and they both laugh and resume the game)