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Bullies and Trolls

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I lost my temper recently, and that hasn’t happened for a very long time.  It actually took me by surprise as I’ve grown quite mellow over the years.  In fact, the last time I can remember being that angry was in high school.  Bullies, both then and now, set me off with a short fuse.  It’s like going from chill to serial killer in 0.2 seconds.

When I saw a friend of mine being bullied online I didn’t think, I just reacted.  Poorly, perhaps, but I didn’t spill any blood over it.  I would like to credit this fact to my mellow maturity, but the sad truth is, if I could have reached through the computer…you get the idea.  I have zero tolerance for bullies, especially when I see it happening to people I care about.

My friend is capable of taking care of himself, and certainly didn’t need me to stand up for him.  Or did he?

As a society, do we tolerate bullies?  No, but not enough of us will call them out.  Why is that?

In middle school I watched from the bus as a couple of guys threw rocks and pebbles at a younger kid.  They were all in a courtyard next to the gym and there were dozens of people around.  From my vantage point on the bus I could see people watching the show, and when the kid getting pelted with rocks started to cry – not 1 single person stepped in to stop them.  Why?

I honestly don’t understand why people see something they know is wrong and would rather grab a box of fucking popcorn than take a stand.  Needless to say, I missed the bus ride home that day.

-Rush

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