There was a piece on National Public Radio about bullying & its effects on the bullied. I can't help but wonder - have the subjects of bullying changed since I was a kid?
Given the huge problem with obesity & sedentary-ness in young people today, do obese kids still get called ugly things? When I was a kid, they did.
Are kids with thick eyeglass lenses still called "4 Eyes"?
What are the subjects of bullying today and have they changed since I was a kid (at which time, guys were running around in iron suits, rescuing damsels).
Anybody out there remember the song "Harper Valley PTA"? Are kids heckled because their mothers are bed-hoppers? They were when I was a kid.
And then there's - is there as much bullying today as there was "in the old days" - or are people just wussier now, so they wail about it more? It seems to me that when I was a kid, it was pretty rare for a kid to commit suicide over bullying. That could be just an illusion - such things were covered up more back then. But back then, kids tended to just become loners. They didn't get guns & shoot people - unless things were Pretty Horrible. There were degrees of bullying back then. There don't seem to be, now.
I have always been of the view, "Take no shit. Make no excuses." And I don't accept excuses today, either. Explanations are one thing; excuses entirely different. Explaining why you did a thing or why you did it the way you did it says you take responsibility for what you did. Trying to make an excuse for that thing is whining & not taking responsibility. A great difference.
People should think about that.