reply to post by ownbestenemy
I've been busted for not having my ID. Of course, I was in the military and in the military you ALWAYS have your ID on you. Needless to say, I kept
my ID close at all times, even when in the pool. Thousands of squats in my bathing suit was not an ideal punishment for leaving my ID in the barracks!
It was very embarrassing.
But all in all, I don't disagree with you. These issues do happen in real time. But here's the rub. When they do happen in real time life, and not
online - the perpetrator is right there in front of you to deal with. Not, who knows where in Timbuktu. If you are being harassed and threatened by a
bully in life, you can point out that bully and have the necessary recourse to do something about it! That isn't so on the internet. You have no idea
who is out to cause you mental anguish and you have no recourse except to be run off.
Take ATS for example. There are about a handful of people, I'd love to know where to find, just so I can shove their own hatefulness back down their
own throats. I wouldn't hurt them, of course, but I'd give them the spanking their mom and pops didn't. Why? Because they are that mean, and
somehow in their head, they feel justified in being so nasty and hateful to another poster, based on suppositions! People assume another is lying and
then all the bullies gang up on that person and are downright diabolical in their efforts to demoralize that person. It needs to stop.
Which is why bills like the one being discussed comes up for review so often. There is a very huge problem with people and egoism.
It's that out of control in my opinion, with everyone so concerned about "free speech" they cannot even recognize "hate speech". Heck, a lot of
people don't even realize they are participating in "hate speech", and just jump on the bandwagon for the thrill. To bad, that thrill, just might
effect another person in such a way, they might not wake up to take a breath the next morning. All because some punks, needed to feel their ego
inflated, and spewed out their attack on someone who most likely, never deserved it. Only in the bully's mind, is it deserved.
I had an acquaintance who committed suicide, because of online predatory bullying. She was wiccan and interested in spirituality. She was a bit
depressed, but sweet. I wasn't friends with her, but knew her because we often frequented the same circles. She joined an online community. Hoping to
find friends or like minded people, I'm thinking. Instead, posters were actually telling her she was worthless, and should just take herself out of
the world and do everyone a favor. I know that a lot of this came from fundamentalists. Well she did. Take herself out of the picture that is.
Permanently. I guess that's just one less delusional nobody to have to worry about. For the fundamentalists, it was one less fallen to lead others
astray, I guess.
This was a decade or more ago. She was from Michigan and the case made the news. I doubt anyone would remember it though. But it's cases like these,
that give me pause. People should be responsible for their words.