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By Richard Lavalley
Goldendale 

A power parable

 


To the Editor:

Here is a simple everyday explanation of how absolute power corrupts absolutely: you have a young lady with her most private intimate thoughts written in her diary. She takes this diary to school with her. A classmate sitting behind her steals the diary out of her backpack. The classmate reads a story about her fantasy to be kidnapped by a sword-carrying middle-eastern man, falling in love, and fighting evil. The thief then questions if it is fantasy or reality and shows it to others. Those others laugh and joke about it humiliating the young lady. She is horribly embarrassed.

The teacher is then involved, trying to protect the young lady. She is sent to the school psychol...



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