- Fear will keep you in hiding.
- Fear will silence you.
- Fear will cause you to look away.
- Fear will keep you from reacting.
- Fear will break your resilience.
- Fear will capture your thoughts.
- Fear will destroy your health.
- Fear will make false accusations.
- Fear will influence speeches of no importance.
- Fear will invade the strongest conviction.
- Fear will humble a strong nation.
The main weapon of any bully is fear. From the playground to the battlefields of Afghanistan, bullies wield fear like a sword. I was bullied terribly as a child in school from third grade until ninth grade. I was very small for my age, and bullies don’t take long to find a target. Fear caused me to shy away, to accept pain (mentally and physically), to lose sleep, and keep my gaze on the floor. I have no big story of one day I stood up to the bullies. My family just moved to another city, and that was it. I did learn during those years, when I moved to my new school, how to nip it in the bud from start. It boils down to this: bullies don’t like strength, mentally or physically. They will move on to a more soft target.
Watching the reaction to the media, I see a terrible problem with the tragedy in France: silence. Sure, there is plenty of reporting on the incident, but the talk is directed more to what the paper could have done to prevent this! Wait, what? Just because three packages of garbage wrapped in skin decide to kill people because of their opinion doesn’t mean that the media bends to the will of the bullies. It should be just the opposite. The modern, global bullies want the media to shut their collective mouths and never say anything negative about them again. Now, is the time to make an example. Show the world that peaceful people will NOT tolerate being bullied. Send a clear message: if you do something destructive to our society, we will react and it will NOT be pleasant for you or the people with whom you associate. We don’t care if you hide in a church, wrapped in the banner of religion. We will hunt you and make an example of you.
I don’t care for trying to understand bullies. I don’t give a crap how they feel or why they do what they do. They understand one thing: strength. The thrive on one thing: fear. The world must stop being a victim.