Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hard News: On the Lecture Circuit

Here's a hackneyed phrase I never need to hear again:

"They'll be fine. Kids are resilient....They'll survive...."

Maybe they will; maybe they won't.
Maybe they do; maybe they don't.

Here's another popular quip that makes me cringe:

"I have no regrets."

Really? None? If that's true it means you have never made a mistake, hurt someone or transgressed. And if that is so, you may not be human.

Of course, stuff happens, actions are taken and there is fallout; but too often these weak comforts serve as panaceas and the consequences can be long-lasting, as the following study attests:

Childhood stress can trigger adult depression (LA Times)

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