Website owner: James Miller
Why did so many kids pick on me back in my school days? It happened when I was first starting out in school, in the first grade. It happened in my first year of high school and it happened during my first year of college. Why was I a target for so much attention, so much harassment? Why did they single me out? It happened so much that it couldn't be attributed to simple accident or isolated incident. What was there about me that caused so much dislike and animosity? The strange thing is that in almost all cases they were complete strangers, or almost complete strangers, who would do it. Strangers would just come out of the woodwork and do it; people I was hardly aware of would start harassing me, attempting to initiate a fight with me. Why? I didn't know the answer then and I don't now. Was it because I was sort of a loner with no friends? Was it just because I was an outsider and not part of their group? I was a serious, polite, religious, clean-cut kid who didn't use bad language, etc.. Did it have something to do with that? Was there something different about me, about my personality or ways, that called attention to me and made kids dislike me? There had to be some reason. In some cases it was fellows that I would describe as bullies. In most cases, however, they didn't strike me as bullies. They just didn't like me. Note. Because of this I had a number of fights in my high school days. I never wanted to fight. I would tell the harasser to leave me alone, that I didn't wish to fight him. Sometimes he was a lot bigger, heavier and probably stronger than I and I dreaded the idea of fighting him. But he would continue after me and, in the end, I would decide I just had no choice. I would give him a time and place. Luckily, I had, at one time, purchased by mail-order a little paperback book on jujitsu and had studied the tricks carefully. I used these tricks to good advantage and almost invariably came out a clear winner. In one incident a group of eight or ten fellows grabbed me in the high school hallway and, while some held me, others punched me - and the rest stood around watching. They were fellows I only knew by face. I had seen them in classes. How did I handle this? One of those who had punched me rode on my bus and I knew where he lived (a couple of miles from me). That night I rode my bicycle up to his place, knocked at the door, and asked him to come out. Perhaps a week later one of my teachers motioned to me that he wanted a word with me in private. He told me he had heard about the entire incident and that this fellow that I had visited had been in the hospital. He said it with a half smile and in such a way that gave me to understand that he felt the fellow got what he deserved. I never mentioned any of these incidents to my parents. I doubt that they ever knew about them. June 1983
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God's message to the world
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Way of enlightenment, wisdom, and understanding
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America, a corrupt, depraved, shameless country
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The test of a person's Christianity is what he is
Who will go to heaven?
The superior person
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Ninety five percent of the problems that most people have come from personal foolishness
Liberalism, socialism and the modern welfare state
The desire to harm, a motivation for conduct
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Principles for Living Life
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America has lost her way
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Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
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We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
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Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?