“A Father’s Lectures” by Seth Chalmer is a very moving piece. In this short essay, Chalmer explains the most important lesson his father could have ever taught him. This childhood experience has instilled in him the morals and compassion he strives to carry with him throughout his life. Chalmer learns the importance of defending others – and his father states how he should view oppression, in a very straightforward, blunt way. The way Chalmer’s father presented this issue struck me as most memorable – he tells his son to interpret every insult he hears about another’s nationality, sexuality or ethnicity, as a direct insult to him. No matter how different they may be, he taught his son to take every insult made to another man as if it were made to him personally.
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