A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT IN REGARDS TO BULLYING
Lately I have noticed a lot of people making fun of those who are bullied or have the following reactions to bullying:
cutting and other forms of self harm
suicidal thoughts and attempts
Those are just a few reactions to being bullied. And bullying happens for a variety of reasons, all of which equal one thing: being different from “society’s norm.” That is, you do not look, act, speak, or relate in the way streamline media says you should. If you are overweight, underweight, tall, short, have a crooked smile/face/stance/etc, identify with anything around LBQT, are a certain skin color/race/nationality/religion, what you like, what you don’t like, the list goes on and on and on.
I’m sure everyone identifies with something I have just listed. That means that EVERYONE, by society’s standards, is imperfect and therefore not normal. And the way we are raised is to reject and isolate what is different. Or to try to remove the difference be it through death threats, trying to lower their self-esteem so they seem to “disappear,” whatever. Or maybe YOU identify as different and therefor must find someone with even more differences than the norm and in order to feel better about yourself, you must put them down.
ALL OF THIS IS WRONG.
NO ONE should have any means to bully or be bullied. And by no means should you make fun of the reactions people have to being bullied <as listed above>. You know why? THAT TOO IS BULLYING. Imagine your best friend, be it your family member, a school friend, neighbor, internet friend, etc. Imagine others are making fun of them and calling them “emo” telling them to “go die/kill themselves” and now imagine yourself saying that to a random person you don’t know. Pretend that person is your best friend. Doesn’t feel as good does it? Do not do this to ANYONE.
Instead, try to help them or find someone to help them. Show them that someone cares and spread the word if they are in serious need. Be the better person.
And remember, in all of your imperfections you are perfect. This world would be so boring if we were all the carbon copies society wants us to be.