With the recent suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school, should laws be enacted to make bullying against the law? Can you imagine your child prosecuted for calling a classmate fat or ugly. Would this be going to far? Can you imagine our courts over run by these trivial cases of name calling.
Some would say that being bullied makes one stronger. It makes us realize that these actions hurt people, and prevents oneself from bullying others. As we become adults, we become vigilant to prevent these types of arrogance, especially against our children. We become sensitive to the needs of the weak in society.
But what makes a person become a bully? Many times they are usually taller and stronger than there victims. Psychologist would say that they are insecure people, possibly wanting attention that they probably do not get at home. They convince themselves that they are better than the victim. They usually want a crowd to witness their relentless pursuit, and the degradation of an individual.
How does society eliminate bullying? Does it end with our education? It continues into our adulthood. What is sexual harassment in the work place? It is another form of bullying. Complete elimination of bullying will be impossible, as long as human being have arrogance, or the feeling that one is superior to another.
Laws will not change the thoughts of the bullies. It only curtails some of their actions. The innuendos, the snickering, and the inconspicuous eye movements will still inflict harm on the victim. The courts will not be able to prove guilt upon these actions. The bully, unless stopped will continue the unbearable onslaught of torture to the helpless victim.
The first step of stopping bullying is knowledge. This knowledge can come from our churches, and trickle into our schools. This knowledge that we are all equal in the eyes of God; and that physical features and our personalities do not make one better as a person. It is this arrogance, in a lack of God’s truth, and in the belief that one is superior than others, is what we must eliminate.
When more people eliminate arrogance, there will be less bullies. And if a bully were to emerge, there will be more people that will be willing to prevent the aggressor from bullying. Religions need to step up in denouncing arrogance!