"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" Is this not the lie of the centry? Words are one of the most hurtfull things in the universe. I have been bullied and have done the bulling at times so I know how words can effect people. Words have the power to start and stop wars, make people laugh or commit suiside. I believe that this phrase teaches kids to not take resposibility for what they say to people and tells the victoms that it is their fault for being hurt by the words. Now, I know we all have to take resposibility for not letting other people push our buttons but, the resposibility is not one sided. We also have to teach the kids to think about what they say to people. The truth is low self-esteem or not words get to us sometimes. You can shrug it off all you want but, having to hear the same negative words (for kids and adults) repededly does weaken the spirit a bit. Some are better than dealing with it than others but we can't dismiss the "others" as too weak or too sensitive. If we are loving the people around us we have to meet people where they are, strong or sensitive. If you are a sensitive person and you know it then you should take steps to learn to handle situations better and boost your self-esteem. In the mean time we have to deal with people on their level the best we can and not make sensitive people feel bad about it. If your a stronger person well that's great! Be a good strong example for those who need more help.