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RE: Robert Young fakes run across America
I was physically and emotionally abused , so this part of the story is kind of a tear jerker for me whether its true about RY or not. It is possible that Robert Young was , but even more the likely he exaggerates what happened. It's an easy trend to fall into because you are feeling like nobody in the world can relate. YOU have been cheated and nobody helped you. Sympathy , and the tidings people might bring with it, can make up for what you suffered , so maybe you are entitled to go low standards and do bad things. I have a gap in my teeth and I used to tell people my dad caused it by being so impatient with me that he threw a baseball at me at full speed and hit me in the mouth. There was a lot of cruelty around the baseball thing and a bloody lip. There was a lot of abuse and neglect, year after year. Thing about my teeth , my son has the exact same gap, so I was reminded of how I used to exaggerate that story.
Still it's not o.k. to cheat and steal. it's hard not to want to feel validated and I can still embarrass the hell out of myself on that front sometimes ,even though I got pretty extensive help for myself as soon as I was independent from family. My guess is that instead of trying to grow beyond the abuse damage, heal some of it.,Robert crossed over to fooling himself entirely and manipulating people with what happened instead. When he says he is doing it for the children he means his inner child, missing that he is neglecting his own children in the process. (history repeating itself). You can do something for "the children" and what you should for your children at the same time. I don't think that's how he is handling it.
Anyway, I am happy about the humanity people are showing this guy here on LRC. Don't forgive and forget yet though. The cover ups and enablers( you know who you are). Those guys are more part of the problem.
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