Cowardice is certainly not a topic I write about often, but it seemed appropriate given the times that we live.
Following social media reminded me just how misguided some people are. Launching vicious attacks on “public figures” under some pseudo name.
Those actions my friends are gutless cowardice. That gesture Does nothing to heal this country. In fact, it further exemplifies just how fallen we as people are.
We do this with our driving as well, as we are autonomous in our cars. We think nothing of cutting people off or driving carelessly. We can hide behind our sunglasses and know that we can escape those that we piss off. We use our horns as weapons to berate those that don’t drive aggressively enough to suit us. We use our vehicle as a weapon slowing everyone else down riding in the left lane because we have taken on the role as “road nazi.”
It is all wrong folks.
It is not your job to force others to comply with your version of how to drive.
The horn is not a cattle prod!
The horn is to warn of imminent danger IE you have drifted out of your lane “wake the hell up!”
When in line at the bank or movie theater or grocery store we are much more polite. Why? Because the person or people that you piss off might take you to task.
That is how you should be while driving or on social media, pretend like those that you are talking with are sitting next to you. Healthy debates are one thing, four letter name calling is juvenile, cowardice and flat out being a bully!
Don’t you find it interesting that millennials are driving this whole narrative about not bullying but in fact on social media are the worst perpetrators of it?
Maybe there is a disconnect in the terminology. Maybe they have not figured out what being a bully is?
Possibly they are bullied in “real life” so sitting in their mother’s basement in their underwear calling others names under the pseudo name “Morbius, or Death Eater” is their way of dealing with their real life.
“I can bully this person as long as nobody knows that it is me.”
Is that why geeky people escape into role playing games where they can suddenly “be someone?”
Are the bullies behind the wheel or the keyboard the bullied in “real life.”
Read the stuff on twitter or feedback on some of these forums. If you espouse an opinion such as on this piece, and someone takes some objection to it, heaven help you.
You cannot control the actions of others.
What you can do is lead by example.
State your case in a manner that would lead others to follow your example. Ignore those that are helplessly lost in their world of four-letter words, and ethnic diatribes.
- Ignored behavior goes away.
- Leading by example teaches.
- What is it that you wish to teach?
I for one want to leave this world a little better than I found it. That should be the goal of everyone.
We can do that in our day to day discourse with fellow travelers on this road of life.
To my geeky friends out there, take heart, the meek shale inherit the earth. In this life, I have found that the geeks also make the money and control those jocks who stole your lunch money! If this is you, stop pushing this agenda down the road. Those that bully you today will grow up “mature” and those that cower in the basement will either learn to deal or become twisted internally spending lots of money on therapists or doing something stupid as in Sandy Hook or Aurora.
The bullying must stop at all levels, and we can start with our day to day discourse online. Everyone alive has some “shit” that they are dealing with. Cut them some slack!
The Millennials have the right idea. If they can arrest the bullying and learn that we all have talents either with physical prowess or with intellectual prowess it would be a much better place. If I were a jock, I would befriend the geeks as assistance with calculus from them would go far. A symbiotic relationship between the strong and the meek is nature’s way if you study it at all.
My two Cents
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