What is your view on bullying?
IMHO morality is bull, but then I don’t like to see others being harmed. So I would morally condemn bullying.
That said, I think humans at our root are cruel, so whilst bullying is normal it doesn’t make it right.
We’ll have to agree to disagree.
I believe human history has always centred around inhumanity. If anything, the contemporary era of human rights is an aberration to that.
@chodebalm, I’m not sure I would say we’re born with love, but I don’t believe we are cruel at our root either. Like I’ve heard before, nobody is born racist/elitist/sexist/anything else.
I don’t believe there is a human nature, really. People are free to choose their own personal nature. While a lot of traits are common, I feel they are all chosen because in most cases they are beneficial. Unfortunately, there are some popular trait choices which are detrimental, and unfortunately, cruelty is still a choice that is often chosen. But it doesn’t have to be that way or any way.
Human nature to me is simply a bell curve, but then I don’t believe morals or “humanity” are a part of it.
To further add to bullying, it’s often the weak/nerdy kids who get bullied, and it’s OK, since the world is dog-eat-dog. I think therefore it’s moral to bully others.
but didn’t you say in the OP that you morally condemn bullying and that while it is normal, which it certainly is, that it isn’t right?
If it’s moral to bully others, then would it not also be moral for the victims of bullying to respond in kind and whoever has the bigger stick wins? There’s three outcomes of bullying: one, the bullies crush the victims’ self-worth and either they commit suicide or go on to live a damaged life, two, the bullies do not crush the victims’ self worth and the victims carry on, or three, eventually it becomes too much and the victims respond with extreme violence.
If bullying is okay, then when bullies get shot or stabbed, they brought it on themselves. It’s a dog eat dog world and they should have thought about the risks and consequences of provoking someone. Nothing is free, every action contains some risk.
In the US at least, we already have a violence problem. If anything, bullying only perpetuates the violent cycle. Even if the victims never violently attack the bullies, they may take it out on someone else later in life, and perhaps become an abusive parent or spouse. And the cycle goes on.
As for bullying, I think it’s always wrong, no exceptions. It can really damage you for a while, either physically or psychologically. It can really undermine your belief in yourself or sense of self-worth and confidence. I myself was a victim of bullying for a while during childhood, and even though no one ever beat me up, it was more of a psychological attack that I am just getting over, today.
Thankfully, I don’t see the people who bullied me anymore. But if I did, I fear I’d have a violent reaction. It’s always wrong to bully.