I was working on a lesson plan for my students when the horrific events in France unfolded at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo. I’m sharing the words I wrote to them in the hope that ripples of the small acts described here might one day reach all shores.
Anyone can be controlling, manipulating others when the opportunity arises. However, this control is an illusion. It requires a surrender from the other side, a conscious decision to cede one’s power to another. It’s inflicted upon others rather than offered.