Bully!

I found this post on bullying saved as a draft from last year – looking it over, I probably had more to add, including some of the referenced links from my Facebook page – which by then had been deleted and since rejoined. But I decided to post it because of the comment from Kipling, and deleted most of the remainder of my blather.

You can find references to bullying in the most odd places. Following links from the Wikipedia article on H. Rider Haggard (at which I had arrived via a circuitous route from the article on Goldman’s ‘Lord of the Flies’) to Kipling, describing his childhood after being brought to England from India:

Kipling remembers, “Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told any one how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established. Also, badly-treated children have a clear notion of what they are likely to get if they betray the secrets of a prison-house before they are clear of it.” [Kipling, Rudyard (1935). “Something of myself”]

This can’t continue | Parenting in Progress

For the past few weeks, I’ve been attempting to compose a post on the subject of bullying, mostly in response to the recent spate of suicides and assaults on gay teens; the words have not been willing to come out the way I want them to.
The world our children and grandchildren are growing up in is very different from the world we grew up in. The type of bullying we endured is nothing compared to what takes place now, thanks to modern technology where it can be distributed instantly world-wide and replayed indefinitely.
There have been several other pieces written on the subject, but I think this may be one of the best I’ve seen.

This can’t continue | Parenting in Progress

For those of you who may be thinking that being gay is somehow sinful because of your religious upbringing – being gay isn’t the issue. Bullying is the problem, and here is a Christian response to that.