October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It’s an issue that is becoming increasingly severe in this country, and it seems that access to and abuse of social media is a primary vehicle for this problem.
If you can’t tell by some of my posts, I myself have been the victim of such bullying, through this blog, and quite extensively through malicious gossip. I suspect the same one or two people are responsible for both. Admittedly, it does bother me from time to time. I’ll take my advice and not pretend to be something I’m not with a brave face. I’m human, and on the same tough road as all of you. Thankfully, I’m also old enough to know just how aggressively true the phrase, “This too shall pass”, can be. I’m also just beginning to reach the wisdom level of knowing pity for the aggressor is actually the proper emotional response to these things.
So, I’ve collected some quotes, stuff, information and such related to bullying:
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.
Lawrence G. Lovasik
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
Definition of bullying:
- The behavior hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally. Bullying can be very overt, such as fighting, hitting or name calling, or it can be covert, such as gossiping or leaving someone out on purpose.
- It is intentional, meaning the act is done willfully, knowingly and with deliberation.
- The targets have difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them and struggle to defend themselves.
Spread the word. We’ve created a culture in which bullying and gossiping are considered acceptable, sometimes even valued, traits in people, like some sort of truly messed up social currency. Let’s work to change that. It starts with you. And me 🙂