reply to post by TheRedneck
I entirely agree with you Redneck.
When I graduated High School, I weighed 125 lbs, I was preppy & good-looking, and I had a nice car! I lived in a tough country town, and I fought 2
or 3 times per week, because I looked like an easy mark, and those country boys from other towns loved to test me! The kids in my own town already
knew better from grade school days. In Jr Highschool, I once had a vice-principle take me and another boy down to the gym and command us to fight it
out and quit screwing around.
That man understood teenage boys!
It all worked out for the best in the end, and I learned a lot of life lessons, and I taught a lot of life lessons!
I believe bullies are important to maturing kids. The bullies need to learn that not everything is what it seems, and they eventually learn respect
for their fellow man. The kids that get bullied learn ways of coping with bullies. They learn to stand up to them, even if they lose the fight, they
often win the war. They learn deflection techniques such as humor or intellect. They learn that physical confrontation is both better and worse than
The crackdown on natural rites of passage has led to kids completely ill-equipped to deal with the real world. We coddle and coddle and coddle, and
then at age 18 we toss them out into the world to sink or swim.
The world isn't fair. There are people that will manipulate and take advantage of you. There are bullies that come in many sizes, shapes, and
flavors. One bully that still haunts me is the "iceman" personality type. The busy-body that is a stickler for the intricate details of every rule
and loves to point out your most minor of mistakes. Since I'm more of a maverick character, those folks at my job just rub me the wrong way, while
also causing me immense trouble, but I can deal with it. We have to be able to deal with it. There are those other types of adults that are large
and over-bearing, and they expect to get their way just by invading your personal space and demanding your attention. They have learned it often
works for them, and they abuse it. Then there are those entitledness mindsets that think they can call your boss, or call your corporate office, or
threaten to get an attorney, and they often scare people into complying with their most ridiculous demands. Bullies are real, in the real world, and
you have to start learning to face them down one at a time. It is a much easier lesson at age 7, than it is at age 37!!
So, let's start letting our kids grow up organically. Let's let them experience some bullies and learn how to cope. Let's let some of them be
bullies and then let some skinny little redneck teach them the error of their ways. Let's start telling our teachers to not reward tattle-tale
behavior, and instead tell our children to be responsible and deal with the things within their control and ignore the things outside their
Let's let our kids be kids and make our adults act like adults, and keep our police out of the schools, and our government out of our lives, and bury
political correctness under 10 tons of realism.
edit on 27-2-2012 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)