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The Kindness of Strangers vs. Bully Mentality

streetcarUntil last weekend my knowledge of A Streetcar Named Desire was pretty much limited to “The Simpson’s”  musical satire,  A Streetcar Named Marge.  As it turns out,  that is a fairly thorough representation.  Also hilarious.  However Tennessee William’s own words do offer more.

I’ve never been able to grok the bully mentality.  In my life have certainly made mistakes, callously put my own interests first and unintentionally harmed others. Though like Blanche (Marge), never deliberately set out to harm another.  I’m a lousy chess player, in part, because I lack the ability to strategize offensively.

Yet there are those naturally inclined to inflict physical or emotional pain and even derive pleasure from it.  Some of the bullies I grew up with are now model citizens.  Have they learned a masquerade acceptable to society, and beneath still lies the malicious core?

“Some things are not forgivable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the most unforgivable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.”
― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

 


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