When we hear that one child is calling another child terrible names, harassing him or her in person and online, ridiculing the other child and that child’s friends mercilessly, most of us are appalled.
We feel the victim’s pain and want to take action. Good parents and teachers try to teach children not to engage in this kind of destructive behavior. The damage done to a child’s understanding of human relationships is permanent.
But how can we teach children why they shouldn’t bully when they see adults doing it every day all around them, and the adults seem oblivious to their own behavior?
Let’s talk politics. It is certainly on everyone’s mind these days. Adults from our neighbors all the way up to our presidential candidates and everyone in between are calling each other terrible names, harassing each other in person and online, ridiculing each other mercilessly.
Does this sound familiar? Why is this OK as adults and not for children? Adults engaging in this bullying behavior are not setting a very good example.
I am afraid of “We, the People,” who have turned our political system into a competitive game of “We won. Scr-w you” every four years.
We don’t need a president. We need a referee and a great halftime show. Unless “We, the People” clean up our act as human beings, we will see the fulfillment of the proverb “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
The bullying must stop.
Helen E. Prien, Lock Haven