Actually there are a lot of people here with intelligent things to say. Believe it or not the the SW crowd are generally of above average intelligence. there just seems to be a lot of petty snarling and posturing too.
I agree that many on the site have more intelligence then not. Maybe the ones without schooling are intelligent too, they just didn't get the opportunity. They may have been too busy surviving.
I know it might sound weak, but I'm sorry about your early years Luke. I am a empath and a woman, so it's in my nature. Now if I said that to certain indivisual's on the site, I would get a verbal beating that would not affect me. I like who I am.
Why should I show compassion to those that would twist or find joy through throwing it back in my face?
I don't for the most part.
I've had foster children, sixteen and all teenager's. Every experience was different with each one.
I hope to take them in again but younger next time. Hopefully I'll gain wisdom from the site when dealing with children with less empathy.