...UNDERLYING TRUTHS NO ONE'S REALLY WILLING TO ADMIT...

Hello. I am your editor, and I am about to say something that may astound and... shock you.

GRADE EIGHTS ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE.

( There, a nice little spot of controversy to start off the year with. ) {relatively speaking. This was written at the beginning of the year, before I got a chance to mellow out a bit.}

Most of you will probably rush up to attack my statement without thinking about it for even a moment. ( Others will also rush to defend my statement without thought, but that will change as this editorial progresses. ) "Of course they're people! They've got two arms, two legs and an inflated sense of self-worth, don't they?" Well, yes. Yes, in some respects they DO appear to be people, but if you talk to them, put them into a real-world situation, the difference between People! with Bleach and the Grade 8's Brand X will soon become apparent.

If people are the sum of their experiences, they're lacking the time advantage. That's not entirely fair, but it's true enough.

But wait. There's more. Hey... I'm not just picking fights out of prejudice here... so to further estrange the school's population, I'll go so far as to claim that most nines, tens, and elevens aren't real people yet either. But they're getting closer. Grade 12 is about as close as you can get to the reality of being a productive member of society here at school without including the teachers, and even some of them are pushing the limit.

We don't become real people until we become our own people - we can't fit into our unique niche in the system until we become part of it and we learn to use it to our advantage. And just because you survive the educational process doesn't guarantee a Certificate of Personibility - oh no, that would be too easy. It is to be a unique process for each of us to emerge from out pupae and come forth as unique individuals, and as such it differs for all of us. A small portion of us will become real people before escaping high school, while it may take years, decades for others among us - if at all!

None of us are real people when we come into this institution, no matter how much we'd like to believe to the contrary. And only if we are closer upon graduation have we learned anything here during our tenure. -RL

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Hey ho. Cthulu here.

That's an article that I published in the first issue of my high school newspaper, the Kitsilano Ideograph, but I think that the message can easily be applied to the art scene as well. It's not how well you draw or what group you're in, but how much you've grown along the way.

Think about it next time you ban all lamers from #ansi. When you're gone, they'll be all that'll be left behind.