Everyone has been a bully at one time or another and everyone, at one time or another; has been bullied. Some of you will scream out, “I have not!” in denial and you ought to remind yourselves you are not innocent of the damage you have caused to others. You know you have said savage things to people, you know you have excluded, insulted, and hurt people. It might have been a bad day, or there was someone getting on your nerves and you acted in an irresponsible way. That happens daily. You may say “Oh, well, that was years ago!” or “That wasn’t bullying!” or “They’ve forgiven me” or even, “They were fine with it.” Personally, I am not exempt of this. I, like you, have been both a bully and a victim.
Firstly, how would you know what the victim of your work feels on the inside—how would you know how they actually feel? Secondly, the term “bully” and “bullying” is so vague that it can be applied to nearly everyone. I find the richest source of irony is displayed in public schools—where some students are crusaders against bullying and yet these students (and their cliques,) are bullying others. Most people seem to think that bullying is “A single bully and a victim.” However, it is almost never just one bully— It is entire subcultures, churches, cliques, sports teams, and most of the time, a savage majority. Some people seem to think that bullying never existed before and that only humans do that. Note, I said “some people” because not everyone is stupid. Firstly, you can find in nature—among social organisms, that bullying occurs quite often. The anti-bullying cause is a gigantic distraction. And lastly, bullying cannot be ended by non-violence. You all may have nice ideas of how to have people to stand up for themselves but what really needs to happen is: a solution to the actual cause of the problem. You cannot solve the result of the problem, nothing works that way.