It’s never to late to be kind to yourself.

Punishment is cleaning up the mess after the fact, rather than avoiding the mess in the first place. It takes care and attention, compassion and wisdom to help people keep themselves out of trouble, to heal the little agonies that might drive them to violence, but the results are a lot better in the long run. Punishment does not train, or heal, or make things right: it only adds to the pain, and drives too many people further into despair.

Anything that takes away from care and pro-active discernment hurts us all because “fixing” things by punishment after the fact doesn’t fix anything.

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