Is it Alright for Victims to Fight Back When Bullied?
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What do YOU think?
Do you think bullied victims should fight back with similar behavior as the bully?See results without voting
In a nutshell...I'll say right here that I do not agree with handling violence from others by returning more violence. So, I would not be likely to encourage anyone to resort to violence in retaliation or in attempts at curbing or stopping bullying behavior.
So, if you were seeking support for that approach, I guess you'll have to look elsewhere. Or...read on if you wish, as I'm "Just Saying My Piece!".
I have been pondering and researching and rambling about the bullying topic in some of my other hubs; and, I know the problem looms very heavy in today's schools. Recent reports also tell there's even bullying going on in some workplace environments...which means some of those with "bullying behavior" must be carrying that beyond the school atmosphere...and, I guess, why wouldn't they? If they have not been re-programmed or otherwise helped to heal whatever insecurities or other underlying drivers at work that perpetuates their bullying behavior, then they might not even be capable of managing their behavior as readily as others might want them to.
Bullying is certainly not new...I remember in grammar school (many years ago) how kids would run up to me to tell me that someone else was picking on them or something like that. I don't even remember if I did anything, other than maybe tell them they'd be alright. I don't recall ever bashing any teeth in, so I guess I wasn't a fighter. But, I do remember feeling very bad about how others didn't seem to care about the feelings of their classmates...their 'friends'.
That puzzled and disturbed me then, and it still does today. Not that I've never 'bullied' anyone; surely some interactions I've had with others could have been interpreted as bullying, even if I didn't intend to be bullying. I'm sure it's probably the same for most people. But...it's the ones who seem to be obsessed or even addicted to bullying others that I believe we need to try to help. I believe they need to learn how to love themselves more so they'll be able to love others more...which, to my thinking, is the only way to deal with bullying anyway. We need to teach and promote more real love...pure and simple. I don't exactly know how we can do that...but it must be done, in my (humble) opinion...and I'm hoping others who agree can help spread that thinking.
What should we do?
I wish I could wave a magic wand to end all bullying...at all levels and all varieties of bullying. Of course, I know it's far beyond my capabilities. But I know the Internet can be a vehicle for sharing and otherwise communicating and connecting together in understanding what ingredients make up bullying behavior, and seek answers to what needs to be done to help eradicate this scourge to society.
There's power in social networking sites, and I know the more the word can spread, the more it can take root and grow into an unstoppable force of positive energy aimed toward the heart of the negative energy which fuels bullying behavior. And, with the benevolent power of the Universe on our side (or whatever name is given to the powers and forces that have brought all things into existence), it's unlikely we will fail. I believe the Universe wants bullying to end...not only in our schools (though especially there), but in all of society.
I would like to help awaken some of what I think of as the "sleeping senses" in many of us humans. Those senses that are capable of "connecting" with one another on a level that resists negativity and promotes positivity in all situations. Those senses that innately understand how we are always connected with the benevolent forces of life and everything in existence. Those senses that enable us to believe that something positive can happen, even when it appears otherwise. Those senses that enable us to trust that our belief is all that is needed to bring about positive changes; ones that will align our behaviors between one another closer to what those benevolent forces intended for us way before we ever sprouted forth upon our tiny little planet in the vastness of everything.
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What do YOU think?
Do you think bullying behavior represents a lack of self-love?See results without voting
Do you think parents of bullying children should be held accountable?See results without voting
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