So February 25, 2015 is Anti-Bullying day. The day marks an initiative to end bullying in our society. It originally came about back in 2007 when two Nova Scotia high school students took a stand against bullying in their school. A fellow classmate had been harassed on the first day of school for wearing a pink shirt. This led the boys to distribute pink shirts to all the boys in their school and the bullies never brought up the issue again. I love it! I say….be the change folks. If you are not on the side of kindness then you are participating in the continuation of the behaviour. Bullying happens in all kinds of ways in our society. The acceptance in our culture of both self-depreciation and criticism of others is epidemic and,I believe, has lead to an increase in mental illnesses. If you are worried that your child is being bullied or is a bully then Barbara Coloroso wrote a book called “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander”. And we’re not just talking about children here. There is lots of bullying that goes on in the workplace that is brushed off as ‘politics’. If you are bullying others then you need to give yourself rules to rein in your behaviour and look for ways to ‘do good’ and nurture empathy for the other person’s perspective. If you find yourself being bullied then you need to believe that you deserve better treatment and speak up. This, of course, is massively simplified. It is very complex when the issue is systemic. Look at the whole Jian Gomeshi situation. He benefitted the company so much that reports of his mistreatment of co-workers went unaddressed. Bullying comes with a sense of entitlement, an intolerance towards the other person and a justification to treat the other person without respect. As a culture we will know that we have succeeded in ending bullying in our society when we see our indigenous peoples, women, children, seniors and people with disabilities treated with kindness and respect.
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