Ironic, isn’t it? I wrote a book about bullies (Gray Zone), and now I’m the target of a couple of them.
No biggie. I’ve been the target of bullies before. I think it’s because I’m blond and smile a lot, so people who don’t know me think I’d be easy to intimidate. They probably even buy into that blond airhead nonsense.
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Beware of stereotypes.
It’s a shame, really, that bullies even exist. But I believe, unpleasant as the thought may be, that we’ll never be truly rid of them. After all, bullies have been around since the first caveman stubbed his toe on a rock, then turned and punched the little guy beside him in anger. A bully just can’t accept that he’s the cause of his own pain. He always looks for someone else to blame. (Note: I used ‘he’ as a convenience. There are many female bullies.)
We need to raise our children to take responsibility for their actions and to care about the welfare of others. But that’ll take a while.
What we can change more quickly is the way we react to these mega-meanies. We’ve got to make it uncool to bully, socially unacceptable to pick on someone who seems weaker.
Oh, you think that we’ve done that already? Think again!
Name the last movie or television show that glorified good manners or gentleness. Come on, I’m waiting.
Not easy, is it? Especially since revenge, barbed comments, and punches are what bring cheers from the audience.
Funny that these are all things that the bully dishes out.
Is he waiting for his applause?