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The Unseen Contradiction

H.E. McCracken Middle School

Dedication

Literary and Art Review, 2014 Volume 2


© 2013 H.E McCracken Middle School All rights reserved. All contents used by permission.

Editor & Faculty Advisor - Stacie Greene Staff- Desiree Bailey – William Boggs - Danielle Cilli – Andrew Davis – Katie Dyer – Natalie Ferrell - Litzy Galvan – Kayla Goodman - Emily Kustak – Samuel Liberatore - Mara Llorente – Cody Manning – Ashley Messmer – Jenny Nguyen – Bailey Priester – Sean Smith – Victoria Tovar – Monique Webley – Madeleine Yemec

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The Unseen Contradiction

H.E. McCracken Middle School Literary & Art Review, 2014 Volume 2

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Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai has pushed through social differences with her wit and intellect as a young female growing up in Pakistan. Yousafzai has noticed adolescent girls have not gotten a good education, and she is fighting for the right to learn well. We, The Unseen Contradiction, would like to give thanks to Malala for standing up and trying to change the injustices in our world.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a South African politician and philanthropist who served as a president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He directed a horde of nonviolent protests against the South African government and its racist ways. His methods of showing rebellion were mature and soft, and the way he stood up for what he believed in was something that won't be forgotten soon. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/nelson-mandela-9397017

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Foreword We, The Unseen Contradiction, challenged our HEMMS student body with the task of creating literary and artwork submissions that reflected the 2014 Literary and Art Review theme of The Cold Indifference. Indifference is defined by the Miriam Webster dictionary as “a lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.” When we do not see the power of our words and actions and how they can affect others we might be devaluing another human being or social group. As the popular young adult author John Green says, “The marks humans leave are too often scars.” Our call this year was to ask our student body to unite with us and help fight against the Cold Indifference of social injustice. It too often does not even occur to occur to us that these injustices happen not only in our world but in our very own community and school every day. While many of the literary and art pieces you will view in this magazine may at first glance seem to focus on merely the negative effects of social issues, we want you to read through the lens of hope. All of these incredible pieces are meant to convey a sense of hope and renewal even when all seems to be lost. We invite you to read, reflect, and, finally, use your VOICE to speak out about the truth of the social issues you see around you. We, The Unseen Contradiction, believe it is when we seek to understand why something happens that we can then begin to be proactive in fighting against it.

For More Information: -The following is local contact information as posted on the BCSD website: If you’re being bullied at school, or if you know about another student who is being bullied, it’s important to speak out and help out. You can report bullying by telephone (322-2435 anywhere in Beaufort County, toll-free at 866-611-1102) or by e-mail (bcsdbullyinghotline@beaufort.k12.sc.us).

-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – provides anti-bullying support 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

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After Effects, Jenny Nguyen..…………………………………………………………………………………… SIX Why Can’t I Be?, Jaden Daly……………………………………………………………………………..…SEVEN The Colors of a Storm, Kymber Wojcik Generation: Hate, Monika Montano………………………………………………………………..…….NINE

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Life Savers, Aushatavia Stiney…………………………………………….…………………………………..TEN I Am, Kymber Wojcik……………………………………………………………………………………..….ELEVEN Unforgiven, Alexis Maldonado…………………………………………………………….……………TWELVE One Flash of Light, Emily Kustak…………………………………………………………………….THIRTEEN Anxiety, Anne Evans………………………………………………………………………….……….…FOURTEEN The Scariest Problem, Danielle Cilli……………………………………………………………………FIFTEEN Child Labor, Erica Banks……………………………………………………………………….….……....SIXTEEN Homeless, Veronica Hernandez……………………………………………………………………SEVENTEEN All I See, Gracie Fletcher……………………………………………………………...................…EIGHTEEN The Marvelous Mission of Marina the Mermaid, Rachel Wohn………………………NINETEEN River, Gracie Fletcher…………………………………………………………………………….…TWENTY-ONE And in Some Ways, Madeleine Yemec……………………………………………....……TWENTY-TWO Someone Who Will Listen and See, Rachel Wohn……………………………………TWENTY-FOUR Caged, Ben Hughey………………………………………………………………………..…….….TWENTY-FIVE Feel, Megan Klinger……………………………………………………………………………………TWENTY-SIX Time Is Ticking, Maria Esqueda………………………….………………………………….TWENTY-SEVEN Shattered, Adam Park………………………………………………………………………....TWENTY-EIGHT There’s Hope, Adriana Infante Hateman, Bailey Priester…………………………………………………………………………TWENTY-NINE War, Zachary Bond……………………………………………………………………………….………..….THIRTY You’re Still Not Perfect, Kaitlynn Pangilinan Mind of a Madman, Samuel Liberatore………………………………………………….…THIRTY-ONE Bullying Photo Essay, Desiree Bailey………………………………………………………THIRTY-THREE 5


After Effects By Jenny Nguyen

Over 4 thousand people are gone due to bullying every year. Now imagine this. You're looking at a mirror. You stare at the bruises and slits down your arm. Suddenly reliving that moment-every little bit of it. All the pain, sorrow, and fear you felt; even that ache you felt inside when you heard all the giggles and pointing around you. Oh, how you wished so badly someone would jump out to save you. To Hug you and tell you it wasn’t really happening. But you knew that wasn’t gonna happen. You remember being well...As if it was stained on your forehead. Then you blink for a moment, felt the warm dampness spill slowly down your cheeks. Why does everyone hate me so much? What did I do wrong? Maybe what they said was true. Suddenly you just broke, couldn’t take it anymore. The depression, the lying in bed all night praying you won’t wake up in the morning. You grab the razor, put it to your arm. Smiled a little because you knew finally the pain would go away. STOP! Put the razor down, this isn't you and you know it. Think back to the time when you were happiest. Don’t you ever want to know that feeling again. Getting help doesn’t mean something’s wrong with you. It means you're strong enough to stop all of it. Don't become an After-Effect...

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The author of this piece wanted readers to recognize the issues with today's society and how we blindly ignore the dilemmas that other people face in world. 6


The Colors of a Storm By Kymber Wojcik

The Colors of a Storm It came in slowly

Why Can't I Be Me?

almost unnoticed

By: Jaden Daly

almost

a storm that changed its colors so fast you didn’t know how dark it was until it was too late

a storm that had very few colors but enough for a difference to be made

But for how it was the ‘normal’ the easy the happy It is hard to be accepted in society if you do not fit in. People might ridicule a person who does not fit ideally into society.

Dolphin gray for the beginning A color so faint It was undetected

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Ashy gray acted just like ash covering anything in its path

Dark gray is the game changer its the color dark enough for everyone to notice the color that pushed ash away a little too fast

Black is the color that meant it was too late I was in too deep the color that was impossible to escape

Then came the random streaks of white white is the color that was bright enough to show hope to show a future to show a way out It came in slowly but left even slower

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Generation: Hate By Monika Montano

Quoted words are from the band: Nevershoutnever I live in a lost generation; A place where people don’t bother to change the world, A place where everything becomes a blur, A place where people are tricked into thinking they can fix things on their own, A place where following crowds, instead of following their own beliefs that is known. No longer do people feel confident in their looks or their shape. They only have what society has to say, With the days that fly by so quickly I don’t have time to care about what people think of me. How could we live in a world filled with hate? Where the only thing girls focus on is their weight. A man once said, “Imagine all the people living in harmony” “I am praying for the day Where you and I and he and she are we And humanity will sing in harmony” I live in a generation where people feel so strong from behind a screen, Saying hurtful words that no one but you will see. I live in a generation, where doing the right thing is so wrong. Where teens are getting bullied and everyone is just playing along. A place where people can’t wear what they want without getting labeled. A place where corrupted mouths love to run and people are defended by none

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Before we know it all “old times” are gone A place where students are afraid to get called on The author of this piece wanted readers to recognize the issues with today's society and how we blindly ignore the dilemmas that other people face in our world.

‘Life Savers’ by Aushatavia Stiney

When people donate an organ and it saves a life, they feel great that they helped someone and their family. It generally is somebody they don't know at all.

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I Am By Kymber Wojcik I Am I am not the scars on my wrist, Or the cuts on my hips. I am not the fake smiles on my face, Or the numerous ‘I’m Fines’. I am not the names I hear, Nor am I the comments online. I am not my grades, Or the clothes I wear. I am not my weight, Or the person in the mirror. I am not my family, Nor am I my friends. I am not my tragedies, But rather my recovery. I am the shows I watch, And the quotes I like. I am the late night movies, And the stories I tell. I am the sports I play, And the activities I enjoy. I am the sunsets on the beach,

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and the birds singing in the morning. I am the waves crashing on the shore, and the rivers flowing in the mountains. I am not just another body in the universe, I am my own person with my own personality. This piece is a representation of the stereotypes that people often think they're defined by, but actually has nothing to do with who they truly are..

Unforgiven By: Alexis Maldonado

The boy and the bully have conflicting feelings, one calm and the other violent, represented by the lines coming from the two boys. As long as one person has that violent feeling, conflict can happen for two people.

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One Flash of Light By Emily Kustak I stand there alone; nothing but pitch black I was about to finally let out my pain I had It seems that our world gave up on Light Nothing but this intensifying domination The Darkness that engulfed our world And there was nothing I can do to bring it back (Or so I thought) All of a sudden, I felt it; an internal warmth in my heart; Traveling through my body and going to my hand A trivial, but luminous ball of light suddenly appeared I looked at the glowing ball floating on my own hand And then I recognized that our Light isn’t completely lost “I have a way… I have a way to bring back Light,” was the sentence I said And from that point on, I knew that one flash of Light will defeat the Darkness

This piece is an expression of how judgmental and negative society is, but ends with a positive thought of change.

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Anxiety By Anne Evans The most common mental illness in the United States is anxiety, affecting over 40 million people above the age of 18. All over the world this is a serious, but treatable issue. There are many forms of anxiety, one of the most common ones include panic disorder, social anxiety, and OCD. In all forms, anxiety affects many people every day. Over 6 million people have been diagnosed with panic disorder, a common form of anxiety. It normally develops in early adulthood, around the age of 24. Normally people with panic disorder with suffer from a panic attack, which is normally caused by a large buildup of stress over time. Symptoms of a panic attack are increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, feeling choked, and much more. Social anxiety usually begins around age 13. Social anxiety is a fear of being judged by others. When a case of social anxiety is very serious, it can stop people from doing everyday things such as school or work. Many of teenagers are affected by social anxiety because of bullies and criticism at school or at home. Every year more and more teenagers are affected by social anxiety; it is becoming a serious problem in our society. Obsessive compulsive disorder, better known as OCD can affect people of all ages. OCD is a condition where someone continuously experiences obsessive or compulsive thought or actions. Normally these obsessions cause distress or interfere with someone's everyday life. Examples of these obsessions include checking and rechecking actions, excessive counting, and excessive fear of germs. All of these forms of anxiety can be treated in some way. If you think you have, or are experiencing any of these please talk to your doctor, or an adult. It is important that this illness is stopped before it gets out of control. Over 25 percent of the United States has experienced some form of anxiety, and that 25 percent could’ve easily been treated.

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The Scariest Problem By Danielle Cilli For most people, death is far away and unreachable. It's distant and almost scary, but inevitable. For others, though, it's always weighing down their mind, haunting them. "On average, one suicide occurs every 17 minutes," claims Suicide.org on their article, "Suicide Statistics." Think about how long seventeen minutes actually is. It might take you that long to do your hair or drive to the movies. And for every minute taken for granted, someone could be taking their own life. However, there are many different things that push people to the point of suicide. Depression, unresolved abuse, low self-esteem- these are only a small fraction of the many reasons. Things like mental illness and death of someone close to you also contribute. There is sometimes no real "cause" of depression, but that doesn't make the victim feel any less alone. People will rarely notice the signs of any of these issues. They think it's "just a part of life," or "another phase." It never crosses anyone's mind that the person is reaching their breaking point, and once they do, they'll be broken forever. The scariest part about all the research and all of the facts, are that they offer no solution. They establish the problem- but give no way to solve it. That will always be far more terrifyingly real than anything imaginable.

This piece is an expression of some of the real issues in today's society. It covers topics such as suicide and bullying.

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Child Labor By Ericka Banks

Close your eyes,

All they see from day to day,

What do you see?

Is the hope for someone to save the day.

Darkness you’d reply to me.

No time for school, or plays,

But in areas all around the world,

Crawling home at the end of the day.

There are different little boys and girls,

They’re barely able to make it through,

When they close their eyes,

Cause of all the work they have to do.

They get seconds worth of sleep,

Alone, unable,

But if they stay closed too long they will get beat.

Sometimes mentally unstable,

They have no one there for them,

They have no hope,

It’s like they’re leaves on a broken stem.

but that’s where we come in,

They work so long for so little,

To stand by, fight, and defend.

It’s like their life is a broken riddle.

They’ll never have to be afraid,

No laughing, no playing,

Because they’ve been played.

No singing, no dancing, As they lay there, Dead bodies decaying. Because they’ve been played.

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Homeless by: Veronica Hernandez

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All I See This piece expresses the feeling of someone (battling) depression, and how the person views life in a different perspective.

By Gracie Fletcher Darkness is what I see I see faces, too But still it’s dark Too dark.

I light a candle But the flame Burns out. So now Darkness Is all I see.

Like a blanket, I wrap myself in it. The Darkness won’t mind. After all, that’s all I see In the dark.

I hear voices, But they are muffled By the blanket And the Darkness becomes my friend He is all I see.

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The Marvelous Mission of Marina the Mermaid By Rachel Wohn

For the first time in 100 years, Marina the mermaid resurfaced in the Atlantic. She was shocked, mostly because of many changes that sent her into a panic. “I do believe,” she said to herself, “that before, the sea was teeming with all kinds of fish.” She pondered this, asking herself the seemingly impossible, when something went “swish.” She turned and, saw an unfortunate seal, its neck caught in an ugly plastic ring. She swam over, and pulled and strained but it was no use, it was stuck in the ugly thing. Marina dove around for something big, shiny, and sharp, When she glided about a mile away, she saw a floating tarp. She looked around, scanning the ocean with her mermaid eyes, Only to see all kinds of trash of every shape and size. There were aluminum cans and cheap junk made of plastic, Buoys, nets, rope, and paper galore, the effect was quite drastic. Marina found a pair of shears and returned to her suffocating seal friend, But the poor thing had been there for too long, he had reached his life’s end. Marina cried and said to herself, “I will scout the oceans for animals in need of help.” She swam a bit further and found a sea-otter lying on a bed of tangled nets, not kelp. The mermaid untangled the grateful creature and she then swam away, And rescued a pack of dolphins from poachers off the coast of Bombay. Just when she thought she was finally done, She heard the blast and the crack of a harpoon gun. Marina went to Japan and couldn’t believe her eyes, Yet another whale had come to its untimely demise.

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Sadly she turned and distractedly rammed into an unidentifiable lump, It was then when she looked up in surprise and beheld the Great Pacific Garbage Dump. It did not take Marina long to make up her mind, That she would stay behind to help ocean-kind. She then magically transported herself to a large, busy dock, But realized a bit too late that she caused some passerby quite a shock. However, Marina felt that she just couldn’t care less, Until a little girl approached her, wearing a pink dress. “Miss Mermaid,” the girl said with her glasses askew, “Is there a way I can become a mermaid, just like you?” This girl was innocent, sweet, polite, and carried a confident bearing, That Marina the Mermaid felt this girl could be the one who would be caring. “Little girl,” she started, in her pleasant, musical voice, “It is entirely up to you, this really is your own choice. If you choose to see the world and want to make changes, I am warning you of some of the unpleasant exchanges, That people may give you, ridicule, and try to get you to turn your back, But just stick to the things you believe in, because belief is what they lack. Being a mermaid isn’t just about looking pretty and flirting with some guy, It’s about showing what you are made of, and aiming really high. Please care for the environment that you live in, and be considerate to other, Because in God’s eyes we are each other’s fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. Kindness, courtesy, and awareness can be practiced by all, Yes, all because of those people who care, big or small.

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The author of this piece wanted to express the emotions of someone who is suicidal and self-harms.

River By Gracie Fletcher

Foggy confusion I can’t think at all Tiredness overwhelms my brain It hurts so bad.

Why can’t I be done? I am a being of no self-worth My scars outline my past Fresh skin lies in wait of my future, Begging for its sharp steel lover

The Demons in me scream “Let it out, do it, do it, do it,” And my beautiful crimson river Has flowed once again

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And in Some Ways

More elated with situations

By Madeleine Yemec

So I put on another

I'm sitting on my bed

The second makes me feel better

Mirror laid out in front of me

Comfortable in my skin

A sing-song ballad

With a bit on the side

In my head

But that's okay

And I don't think I know who I am Not anymore

Observations

And I used to be in love with me.

They change a point of view

I knew myself

I see the slight fluctuations

Every part

Here and there

Down

If I can see them

To the last vein in my arm

Others are bound to notice

Lash on my lid

I can't risk that

Blush in my cheek

New mask Drab mask

However

Then I'll put a nicer one on later Make myself blossom

I look at myself in mirrors And that face is wearing a mask

I like flowers

It feels so different A mask that decided it was lonely

Maybe I can put a flower

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It needed something to make it look happy

I am in fact

Or two

No different

On my new mask

Than him

No

Her

It has to be sad,

Them

Remember?

The uncertainty of reactions

Yeah

I guess I'm scared

...Yeah

No I am positive I am

A mask Reality Later My face Okay Now my mask has done its job

Myself

I've accomplished Something

It's completely strange

Now I can make myself look Beautiful

New mask

Allow myself to feel

Again

Special

New life

In some ways

The author of this piece wanted to portray a person who is self-conscious of themselves and tries to be someone they aren't just to feel accepted.

I wonder why Why do I wear this ‌.Why do I do this?

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Caged By Ben Hughey Loneliness is the hardest part, when you feel you`re out of love Wishing for death, because you think it’s the only way out But in a time of doubt, just open your eyes1` Help is there to set you free… Free from the cage of no love and care If you’re lost or feeling empty Just open your eyes to see the light And when you can’t find a way out The care you seek will be found The little girl took her last breath of air Then thrown into darkness of the cage… All alone and no way out not knowing what to do. Then one day in the hour of darkness The girl called for her father… The father unknowingly takes the girl under his wing The girl has been set free If you’re lost or feeling empty Just open your eyes to see the light And when you can’t find a way out The care you seek will be found And the love you were always seeking

This piece is a representation of how loneliness can make a person feel trapped, and a reminder that someone is always there to pick you up.

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Feel By Megan Klinger I feel pain, I feel anger, I feel guilt. I feel empty, I feel hopeless, I feel weak, All while feeling nothing at all. I seem to be overwhelmed with sadness. No words can describe the storm going on, in a place I call my mind. It weighs me down, I feel so powerless. Like anchors, I’m drowning at sea. I can barely breathe, With life pushing down on my chest and mind. It seems like every time I say, “I think I’m starting to get better”, Hells gates then open themselves. Letting the devil himself free to come and stab me in the chest, With the knife left in my back, Letting my own demons free. I’ve realized I buried myself in a lie, cast out upon my body. Cutting deeper and deeper into my flesh, bleeding till there’s no pain left. I can’t feel much now. I’ll down the pills with a sad smile and alcohol.

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This pain will be the death of me, it will send me six feet under. I’m far too broken to be put back together. These words are all I have left, these words are written in blood. My life is clinging onto the sharpest edge, I’m holding on to the only hope I have. Please try and tell me I’m wrong. Tell me this isn’t all I have. Please don’t watch me fall. Don’t let this be my last goodbye. Take my trembling hand, Let’s sail the edge of the world. With my sinking ship we will watch the stars fall down. Let’s hope tomorrow that there will be a sunrise. This piece expresses the emotions that a suicidal person experiences, and that we should take in consideration of what we say to people as it can cause a person to have thoughts of suicide.

Time is ticking by Maria Esqueda The artwork represents the potential aftermath of what the young man is dealing with. He is unhappy or depressed about his current situation. The time is ticking, but the final hour has not yet chimed, hope lies within the silver lining.

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Shattered By Adam Park

There’s Hope by Aridana Infante

Shattered, Everything’s broken. My life in pieces, The blow dealt by a single boy.

Gone, All of my friends. They abandoned me, Left me alone in this wasteland.

Desolation, My life is empty. My world is shattered, Destroyed by a single blow.

Help, I never received it. I request aid from my friends,

The girl has been getting bullied but she has hope represented by the dove.

But it never arrives.

Alone,

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In this wasteland. No humanity in sight, Only the husks of old friends.

Reasoning, Why would people do this? What wicked, vile force would possess people? To make them do the things I see?

Anarchy, Society is in shambles. We will destroy each other, The end is nigh. This piece represents how bullying affects a person’s life and that bullying is a real issue and we should just stand by and watch it happen, because then we are also being a bully.

Hateman By Bailey Preister

This piece represents the thoughts that occur in one’s head when he or she does not see a way out. In the frustration, look for HOPE. It is always right next to you.

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War By Zachary Bond

Waging war is a dreadful thing Bad is good and good is bad the red bird sings Bomb shells all over the earth Be careful or you too will ride in a hearse

No one knows where he lays

You're Still Not Perfect

But they do know all the men he slayed

By Kaitlyn Pangilinan

A scope lined between your eyes Pray to your god, son For you are about to die The author of the piece wanted to leave readers with the idea that war isn't the solution to our problems, but instead we should join together in unity.

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Mind of a Madman By Sal Liberatore Mind of a Madman Still here. Still alive. Am I really living though? Or just, simply existing? People always say they wish they had more time. No they don’t. When you have too much time you begin to think. You begin to question. That is very dangerous in today’s society. People look down on thinkers and scientists, The people who question the order of things. Then it suddenly hits you.

Why?

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we scurry around and ignore the questions eating away at our very sanity? Maybe that’s the only way to stay sane. To ignore the slight pressure in the back of your head. I know you feel it. The slight pressure. the voice that tells you not to listen even to your own senses.

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That is your sanity slowly draining away. The smarter you are, the bigger the gap for it to drain. Day by day, month by month, year by year. It gets us all eventually. The intellectual ones go first. Their strength is their downfall. Then the average Joe succumbs to the pressure. Then there are those who are born without the “valve� to keep them sane. Most of the time, they end up in a mental hospital. They say time is money. It is so much than just money. It is the gatekeeper of sanity and the bringer of madness. It is the very foundation of our thoughts and mind. But too much of it can bring nothing but destruction and sorrow.

Too much time makes you think.

The author of this piece wanted to express how people's ability to think for themselves is slowly diminishing, and how as a society we're learning how to obey and not to think for ourselves.

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That was a sneak peak of Desiree Bailey’s Bullying. To view Desiree’s full photo essay, scan the QR code below to find out what happens next…

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