Bully for you

We will probably never get rid of bullying entirely, and that’s fine with Morgan:

I dread a future in which there’s zero bullying. Not that I’d miss the bullying — I’m wondering what else got zeroed out while we were getting rid of the bullying. I was forced to show some resourcefulness when I got bullied. Had I not been bullied, I would not have been forced to develop the qualities I developed, and there’s nothing special about me there at all. This is actually a very common situation. So are the kids more capable of learning, and approaching maturity with some genuine grown-up ability, in a zero-bullying environment in which they’re spared from the distractions that come with bullying? Or, does this make them into thin-skinned sensitive little useless geldings, fated to waste away their twenties in their childhood bedrooms which are crammed full of trophies and plaques awarded just for showing up?

See also: Rebecca Black, who took a lot of crap early on, and who isn’t thin-skinned in the least. Not anymore, anyway.

2 comments

  1. McGehee »

    31 May 2013 · 8:01 pm

    99% of what the anti-“bullying” bullies call “bullying” isn’t, not in any sense of the word our generation would respect.

    To pull off real bullying these days you need an IRS badge or a school administrator’s credential.

  2. fillyjonk »

    1 June 2013 · 7:21 am

    While I think I’m a more compassionate person today because of the bullying I endured, I also recognize that it made me more fearful of rejection and therefore less willing to do things like ask guys out on dates. You win some, you lose some.

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