a reply to: AlienVessel
Online is the last place to find nice people.
People target those who they perceive as weaker than them and an easy target for them to boost their self esteem. Even a very shy passive introverted
person would likely succumb to demeaning another who is even less confrontational than themselves. Like a pecking order. You likely have a handful of
friends, one or two of them who will receive more ridicule from yourself than others. It could be as simple as making them the brunt of a seemingly
innocent joke or jab more often than the others.
It could be a sibling, it could be your child. A truly powerful person feels no need to belittle, ridicule, tease, harass, or otherwise bother anybody
who is less threatening than themselves. On the contrary, they seek those who are a bigger challenge, who bother others. I always enjoyed bullying the
bully, and keeping the underdog close as a good friend.
I refuse to tolerate assholes in public who for whatever chain of events begins to harass an innocent bystander that does not bite back. It can happen
on a city bus, or a local corner store/gas station, at the mall or a basketball court. I do not see it frequently at all, but on the rare occasion I
have seen it, I choose to interject myself into the equation and see if we can escalate to my knuckles on flesh. Once confronted though, it pretty
much never does.
Last month I walked into a gas station with a ski mask on because it was cold outside, like in the forties. And I thought it would be funny to see
peoples reactions. The attendant was a gentle speaking eastern fella, perhaps India, Bangladesh or Nepalese? Who knows. Some lady is righteously upset
to him about her scratch off ticket because it won't scan and she swears she won. He is being patient with the verbal abuse until he drops an F-bomb
towards him. I believe his words were something like "NO! Don't #ing me! You need to have respect, don't believe because I work in gas station you can
can use these words to me! You should have respect!" She just shutup and left. I just laughed and then told him I need ten on six. No comment on the
mask, what a shame.
Speak from the heart, and respond to every slight, no matter how meager it may sound as an offense. The more you ignore it, the more others feel
empowered to make you their own emotional punching bag. Before there were so many damn cameras I would just shove somebody once, hoping they return
the favor and then throw a punch. Now people are all like "hey man, I won't go down to your level" and then walk away or people start busting out
their cell phones. People are uptight because they arent allowed to fight randomly like they used to damnit!! We are human, we are supposed to fight
aggression when it is targeted at us. Sure sparring at the gym is good stress relief, but it does not solve the problem of setting a proper example to
strangers in a random encounter on the consequences of lacking respect.
We need to be allowed to fight in public again without the cops scouring social media to arrest our asses in three hours or less! OP, just be more
confrontational. Do not bottle in the anger with prayers and wishes that karma will find them. You
are the Karma, smack them with it!