She stood in front of her class listening to evil and withholding judgement. Even students she disagreed with had a right to education, so she guided them toward tools for building clearer and more effective arguments. When they pressured her to speak on the issues, she made sure to argue both sides. Good debaters know their opponent’s argument as well as their own. Besides, it was never more than a tenth of the class who challenged her like this—skinheads and racists, communists and religious fanatics, the pro-war and pro-life, homophobes and misogynists. She sat to read their persuasive essays and to evaluate their speeches, trying to comment objectively. Some believed what they said, and others were testing out opinions to discover their own thoughts. It’s best that they hear each other, she thought, that they learn honest debate, that they see fallacious reasoning and evaluate devices used to trick them into agreement. She saved her feelings for the journal pages she vomited in nightly in order to sleep. She prayed then to be forgiven for not speaking truth to these growing powers, and she prayed for them all.
You are the Sower.
If love and respect you show,
then love’s seeds will grow.
For my prompt Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Neutrality / Objectivity that will open Wednesday at 6 AM Central. (I was never as neutral as this "she.")
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