1000 Flowers for the Planet - #381 Reject Bullying
Bullying occurs everywhere – it’s in schools, streets, workplaces and homes. For some reason it seems to be part of human nature. It’s not something I personally understand, but it must have everything to do with a desire for power. 20% of the world’s population are HSPs (Highly Sensitive Person). HSPs are found in the animal kingdom too – they’re the ones in the herd who warn the others of danger lurking nearby. They are valued members of the herd. HSPs are born with a nervous system specially wired to be extra sensitive. They are our moral and ethical compasses. But in the human world, certainly the Western world, these people are no longer valued – they are bullied. Anti-bullying programs in schools are not working, and bullying is taking on new forms via the Internet. It can be physical, mental and deadly. Most bullies are actually cowards, because they work in groups, need an audience to get their kicks and are often weak when alone. Some of them come from homes where they are bullied themselves, either by a parent or siblings, and this is perpetuated as they pass on that behaviour in order to feel power over someone else.
Passive aggressive people are particularly nasty. They are able to take advantage of situations to make another person look foolish without seeming to be involved themselves. They can even make it look as though the person they are bullying is the bully. These are very clever people, but insidious. They are usually found in the workplace and it’s very difficult to catch them out or get them to stop.
Because this problem has existed for so long and is worsening, there should be concern that a solution has not yet been found, and until dramatic change occurs, more victims of bullying will commit suicide. As communities are responsible for the wellbeing of all, we need to create zero tolerance to bullying and stamp it out, because everyone has a right to pursue their lives in peace, and to thrive.