A bully was tormenting a nerd by the lockers as a stream of students passed by.
“Let’s observe them.” said Richie.
“I’m laughing at you.’ said the nerd as snot and blood seeped into his mouth. “You seek sex with girls, because the sexual act reminds you of the safety you experienced and lost as a baby with your mother. But it will bring you no safety but only the failure of your plans.”
“Fuck you.” said the bully “You imagine sex and bullying in your mind, but lack the power to obtain them. You lack the courage to state your plans clearly or say what your true goals are. If you lack the courage to say what your goals are, how then can you achieve them?” And he struck him again.
“Which is correct, the nerd or the bully?” asked Richie.
“Both are.” said the Captain of the Football Team but he gave the bully a surreptitious high five.
“The nerd follows the way of the nerd, the bully the way of the bully. What meaning is there to “correct or incorrect”. said the Captain of the Debate Team.
“I hold myself back from judgment of either. They are above me and therefore not of my concern. But I condemn the stream of students who pass by and do not intervene. The elements in the foreground dazzle and confuse, it is the human beings in the background who pass without notice who must be investigated” said the Cheerleader.
Later, in private I had the opportunity to ask Richie what his opinion was of the matter. “The nerd spoke truly but his words were not in accordance with his actions. The bully is already on a path to hell. What further discussion is there to be had? When answers are given quickly, in a rush, there is a lack of clarity. When answers are given too late, the matter at hand is already lost.”