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A Special Residential School Experience / 25 February 2016

Illustration by Paolo Veronese of Jesus healing a woman with a flow of blood

Healing the Woman with a Flow of Blood, Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). Image licensed under Creative Commons

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Independence is an attitude
If Jesus don't want ya
Fuck im
And your parents too
You don't want no one
That don't want you

Well, that's what I think anyway. it all came back to me today. Independence ain't got nothing to do with life skills. Life skills they can teach you in schools and centres. It's how they tie you up. Life lessons happen outside the classroom. They come to you in the dark, day or night, like blinding flashes of light.

You don't need to go to school to find out what life's all about. School's a disguise. Takes you away from life. As does work and everything the man wants to throw at ya.

Learn what you need to learn and after that learn what you want to learn. Knowing that the fork goes right side and the knife left with the spoon on top.... that's nothing. Stop letting em fool ya.