Hey, Stop that Bully!

Published April 8, 2013 by Vida Caramela
Physical bullying at school, as depicted in th...

Physical bullying at school, as depicted in the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. They rob the dignity of those they target. They murder self-esteem, and destroy lives.  Few people can stand by and watch a bully hurt someone and not be hurt by it themselves.  Lately, there’s been a lot of discussion on the topic, and people are fed up.  It’s time do something “Real”.

On February 8th, our school celebrated P.S. I Love You Day, by wearing the color purple. According to Brooke DiPalma, the founder of P.S. I Love You Day, “wearing purple will not only show that you’re standing up against bullying, but you will see everyone around you wearing purple, and know that you are never alone. P.S. I Love You.”

For the victims of bullying, standing up is not as simple as wearing purple for a day, it’s a daily weekly, monthly battle that can last for years, and campaigns like P.S. I love you  not only aim to raise awareness, but to actively fight against bullying, and to provide concrete assistance to its victims.

The targets of bullying need our help, not just our sympathy. If it was a simple matter of trying to get along, giving the bully what he or he or she wants, or just fighting back, we wouldn’t be faced with such a widespread epidemic. Before we can effectively take a stand, a few things need to be clear. (Next Blog – Bully Fix: Step#1)

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4 comments on “Hey, Stop that Bully!

    • Dear Beautiful Minds Australia, thank you for your kind comment. I checked out your webpage Beautifulminds.com.au and I was so impressed. First of all, I must tell you, the appearance is just gorgeous. Second, the work you do is AWESOME. Talk about doing something “REAL”. If you don’t mind, I would like to mention your web address, and the wonderful work you are doing, in my next blog Bully Fix- Step# 3 which focuses on action. Let me know if it’s okay.

  • Unfortunately , in today’s world , people have lost that Milk of Human Kindness; Many are consumed or absorbed by their own self importanceor perhaps vaulting ambition with total disregard to the damage they can inflict by their attitude on someone who has a softer ,compassionate or humbler character.Their caustic attitude can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured

    • Dear Carolyn, thank you for your very insightful comment. I agree with you. I think that the value our society places on virtue has declined over the past several decades and that people are more self absorbed today than ever before. I believe this loss in concern for ethics has shaped our behaviors and has contributed to most of the woes we face today including the bullying epidemic. I think human kindness has taken a hit. Interestingly though, there are others who feel that today’s citizens show just as much kindness as those in past times, or maybe even more so. I would like to open up these opposing views for more discussion. Feel free to share any comments you have on either side of the argument.

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