Now I’m just sad. Grumpy, then angry, then furious, and now sad.
I’ve posted this before but I think it’s worth revisiting. Bullying is nasty business. One of the few things I miss about living where I grew up is the people. People in general are so much nicer there. NYC is filled with so many bitter, cruel people. A friend of mine was being bullied earlier today so I interjected on her behalf. I was promptly attacked as well, but that didn’t bother me so much. I was furious but outwardly and in my words I kept my cool. A logical argument and reasoned words are the only way to deal with that. Plus none of them know me at all so nothing they could have to say to me had any impact.
I don’t know if it’s your experience, or a quirk of my personality, but for as sensitive and feeling as I can be, it’s only really the people that I care for that can cause me much harm. I know this isn’t true for others. It was astonishing to me that (1.) People are so self-important that they think they could have any influence over my life or thoughts, and (2.) that they think this kind of bullying is justified and acceptable? The level of harassment they’re putting my friend through is so extreme she moved out of the state to get away from them. And they’re still finding ways to harass her. It hurts my heart. So I’m reposting this as a reminder, a hope, that we can stand up to bullying and harassment. Staying silent may not be the same as doing the bullying, but it also doesn’t help bring it to an end.
If there’s one thing I’m not, it’s silent.