This is the beginning of a first draft of some principles to think of when listening to Reeducated people and Reeducands.
1. I chose my schools and my majors. My choice of schools was stellar and my choices of majors were well considered. If someone else paid for it or for part of it, that is not my fault. I was hardly too immature to go away to a large, urban, research university as a freshman; I chose it because it was what I needed.
2. I reserve the right to feel grateful for, not resentful of these opportunities.
3. I have accomplished a great deal as a result of effort on MY part, and I can accomplish a great deal more MYSELF.
4. Most of my choices and accomplishments in life (aside from those coerced by others or based on poor information or fear) have been good.
5. My first thought is usually the right one and I need to listen to it more often rather than less often.
6. Even in poor circumstances I can and should take more, not less control over my life.
7. I am not more defective than others. I may even be less defective than those who insist I am defective.
8. The existence of persons like me is not hurtful to others except in terms of carbon imprint and so on.
9. I have a future and I can find a solution to any problems I have in my life either myself or with the help of smart people. I have no obligation to negotiate with people who believe only desperation is decorous.
10. I am under no obligation to comprehend peoples’ convoluted world views and then negotiate permission from them not to participate. I already have permission.