Back Down the Bully

From the song 'Wounded' by Third Eye Blind
Back down the bully
to the back of the bus
because it’s time for them
to be afraid of us…

The subject of this story won’t see it, because I am about to “unfriend” her on Facebook. My guess is that she won’t notice. We’ll caller her “Marie.” The reason I am unfriending her is that she posted this on her Facebook wall…

"Let's just remember to be kind."
“Let’s just remember to be kind.”

Why in the world would I object to this?

This is about how grown ups forget that they were young, and forget the genuinely terrible things they did in their youth.

I was the kid who got called fag, and I was the kid who got called lame. I got bullied all the time. And I got bullied all the time by Marie’s boyfriend. She used him to belittle and intimidate me.

Now that Marie has a skinny teenage kid of her own, she’s “against” bullying. But when it served her, she used it often. Thank you, Marie, for being a shallow, self-serving amnesiac douchebag.

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3 Comments

  1. “This is about how grown ups forget that they were young, and forget the genuinely terrible things they did in their youth.”

    Yes, indeed.

    Further, does one really need a reason (“his mother is dying”) to not make fun of a boy for crying? I certainly don’t need a reason not to “push down” a girl; it shouldn’t matter whether she’s being abused at home when it comes to my decision whether to be mean or kind to her.

    We can be better than this. We don’t need such outlandish reasons to be kind to people. Should I be kind to someone I meet tomorrow because I think she might have a horrible situation at home, or should I just be kind to her?

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