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.