We're not doing enough.
We're right on track and taking appropriate measures.
We're blowing it way out of proportion.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
I think we're on track and taking many of the right measures. When I was in high school (not all that long ago, but I guess a decade is a good chunk of time) the only thing to stop bullies was a video we watched about a kid who killed himself because he was bullied. It helped for about a week and then everybody forgot about it. The problem wasn't just that kids were bullied, it was that those who were neither bullies nor the bullied made no attempt to help the situation. They'd just jump on the pile and make fun of the weak, the underprivileged, the different, even the deaf -- seriously, the deaf. The natural urge is to make fun of the people everybody else is making fun of to divert attention away from yourself, who could be next.
With the numerous campaigns that exist today, I think we're headed in the right direction. Many schools have more comprehensive anti-bullying programs than they did 10 years ago, and more importantly, the students are exposed to media campaigns and documentaries, which really does help IMHO. I don't think you can ever stop the bullies from bullying. But I think you can persuade the rest of the student body to be civil toward students who are bullied. Years after high school I wrote to the students I felt were bullied and apologized to them for what they went through and for not doing more to be kind to them. I was surprised when told that I was the only person who bothered to do this. My advice to anybody in their 20s: do what I did. You could really help somebody who may still be recovering from the trauma that was the first 18 years of their life.
A working class hero is something to be
As with many things, we make a choice along the way to either let it be the life-long reason we blame every failure on, or we take it and use it as a learning step to make sure it doesn't happen again to us, and help prevent it happening to others.
Too much of society today leans to victimhood, being thin-skinned and everything not of their norm is offensive. We, as a society, have allowed that state to grow to such a degree that people don't (both children and adults) know how to deal with anything contrary to their narrow tunnel through life.
My opinion, 2.5 cents.
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