Bullying’s Cure is Fighting Back

We often think about the relatively recent community outrage over bullying of all kinds. Part of us thinks “bullying” is a bit over-generalized, and frequently misworded (teasing, hijinks, social pecking order, etc.) It’s basically how social structure has formed for thousands of years. While we feel bad for some kids – and the sadness they might encounter via schoolyard cruelty – these are also prime learning opportunities that can be turned into strengths, no? They’re microcosms of the real world.

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Bullying’s Cure is Fighting Back

By Kent McManigal

It’s as predictable as the equinox: school starts in the fall and bullying catches society’s attention anew.

It’s not as though bullying stops over the summer break, but then it is usually left-over momentum from the previous school year.

“Back to school” recharges it.

Schools decry bullying, often getting the community involved. It’s a halfhearted effort at best. Schools can’t eliminate bullying without undermining their own system since it’s based on authoritarianism — socially accepted bullying.

The dictionary says a bully is anyone who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate someone weaker, usually to force them to do what the bully wants.

Who, other than an insecure person with little self-worth, would behave this way? Whether it’s the schoolyard bully, the authoritarian teacher or principal, the politician or the politicians’ badged “muscle,” if you choose to push others around — literally or figuratively — to force them to do what you want, you can’t think very highly of yourself.

I pity bullies, even as I hope their victims fight back hard enough to make the bullies reconsider their poor life choices.

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