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The ‘inspiration’ for this story is certainly, regrettably, not a unique one: the severe and long term abuse that someone close to me experienced at the hands of their former partner.

While I was largely a bystander, it continues to shape the way I see the world. I am now of the firm belief that the world is for all intents and purposes run by sociopaths, widespread abusers of society as a whole, and that this reality must be first accepted before things get better.

At the height of the abuse, I remember talking to another family member about how to deal with it. We knew the situation was serious — we knew he was an abuser, and was doing horrible things to her. But we, and particularly me, still took a distinctly positive approach, one with hope in redemption and slanted towards forgiveness. …

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