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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

If we really wanted to deal with the problem of bullying, we could have done it a long time ago

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I despise bullies.

Part of this comes from a childhood filled with the taunts and shoves of bullies, but it also comes from a lifetime of watching others bullied throughout the years - all the way from childhood friends to fellow workers to friends in abusive relationships.

As result of this experience, I have developed a contempt for anyone who would throw their weight around, and attempt to dominate others, whether they be abusives spouses or government (or any elected)  bodies. Bullies are bullies, and should all be viewed  the same way, with the same amount of repulsiveness.

It has been pointed out to me that society actually loves bullies, and rewards them. Well, certainly, if the career of the classic “Bully in the Bar,” Bill O’Reilly is any indication, we do. Every day we watch O’Reilly and others like him bully their guests - and the audience, truth to tell - and they are rewarded by a gullible public.

The Tea Bag movement is another classic example of bullying in the public square. They rage, threaten, and scream invectives at the enemies of America - their friends and neighbors.

This is all sort of getting away from my main point, but not too far, I think.  We tolerate (even celebrate) bullies, instead of treating them with revulsion. We give them TV programs, and interview them on the news.

We elect them to public office.

I just don’t think it’s that hard to spot bullying behavior in schools. I don’t think it’s that hard for parents to instill these lessons in their children.

Bullying should be stopped in its tracks, whether in the job or the workplace.  Much has been written about the subject over the years; it’s time to take all of the recommendations and put them into practice.

Do we really think the recent well-publicized suicides of young people due to bullying are the first? It’s an age-old problem. Let’s fix this.

True, I’ve known a lot of bullies who outgrew their immaturity, but I’ve also known more than a few who progressed to far worse bullying, and hurt people in far worse ways.

When are we going to take this problem seriously?


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The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape the ranks of the insane. - Marcus Aurelius


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