- May 3, 2010
Y'know, I'm finding it quite disturbing the number of people that defend their bullying under the "I'm not going to stop doing it, so you better learn to live with it" defense. Now, I'm also one who tends to think that parents tend to baby their children too much these days, but there's a difference between a general post on a forum directed to like-minded people all over the world and a particular post directed to a specific person who is being mentioned by name.EverythingIncredible said:Wow, came back from my relatives to find 12 messages in my folder. And this is the only one that interests me.TheEnglishman said:Yeah, in good fun, or as we call it in our house, banter. Like yesterday when my one house mate pile drived a friend onto the sofa and caused him to tear a shoulder muscle, than later set his other arm on fire (he is hairy) He's in constant pain at the moment and had to spend a lot on medicine, but he just didn't appreciate it all being in good fun.EverythingIncredible said:I hate to say it, but you're doing it wrong.
I get that this is kind of your job right now. But you need to stop taking the internet culture so seriously. It's not meant to be taken seriously. Everything here is in good fun. Even if it can appear mean spirited to certain groups of people.
You can't compare it to physical injuries because people on the internet cannot inflict physical injuries upon you.
This is the exact kind of attitude that contributes to the myth of the bullying issue. Which wouldn't be an issue if kids today weren't so wimpy and actually understood that they have it a LOT better than most people in the world. And it is actually kind of insulting to the people who have real issues to complain about things like name called.
Famine? Disease? Totalitarian dictators? Having every worldly possession taken away? Worrying that your family will be murdered every day? No. CLEARLY the real issues are the kids who are getting NAME CALLED.
How did our generation grow up to be such sissies anyway? I'm going to be crass and say "get over it." You can ignore name calling.
And bringing up how there are people in the world that are worse off seems to smell of a last desperate attempt to validate your argument. Because I can guarantee that as bad as any person's life is at any moment, somewhere there is someone whose life they'll believe is worse. The person suffering from a disease? They could say that at least they don't have to worry about their family being murdered. The people having their possessions taken away? They can say that they still have their health. Now I'm not trying to make light of anyone's misfortunes, just trying to point out how things could always be worse. Besides, kids are only going to worry about the threats that they come in contact with on a regular basis. So unless they live in or personally know someone that lives in that type of situation, why should they worry about it? Do you really think that if your child comes up to you crying about the bully that verbally embarrassed them in a lunchroom full of students, the proper response would be, "Well at least you're not being raped."