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Quote:The majority of bullies have quite a lot of self esteem and friends. I see social outcasts poked at a lot more than anyone else. In most cases, they enjoy causing pain because they find it funny, and don't care/dislike for the other person, or even just jealousy. If others find it funny/cool, or to coerce someone into something, it's also about gaining social power.
That's not true self-esteem. If someone genuinely respected themselves, what could they possibly gain from dragging someone else down?
People do get pleasure from dragging others down. It's called sadism. They may even see the person worthy of dragging down on (aka they think they're doing something for their own good)...even though it's usually a trivial reason. Some people are simply not capable of empathising (aka sociopaths), so they don't think about being respected by others. And then there are those who just aren't self-conscious.

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I did not say that since you have low self esteem that you don't deserve a relationship. You misunderstood me. I said true love must first begin with yourself. It's not selfishness though. People with low self esteem feel unloved and unworthy, but that's not true. As for relationships, it takes two to make one but if there is low self esteem, you may be setting yourself up. Love is more than a feeling, love is a spiritual state. Ego is the opposite of love, the part of you that leads you to pick on others, to hurt people, to hurt yourself. Ego and love don't belong together. If someone tells you they love you, is this true, their actions show it. You can't know what love is if you don't become love. I don't understand love completely, no one can, it's impossible, til you walk in it.
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Quote:Love is more than a feeling, love is a spiritual state. Ego is the opposite of love, the part of you that leads you to pick on others, to hurt people, to hurt yourself. Ego and love don't belong together. If someone tells you they love you, is this true, their actions show it. You can't know what love is if you don't become love. I don't understand love completely, no one can, it's impossible, til you walk in it.
I agree with this completely. Yes

Quote:People do get pleasure from dragging others down. It's called sadism. They may even see the person worthy of dragging down on (aka they think they're doing something for their own good)...even though it's usually a trivial reason. Some people are simply not capable of empathising (aka sociopaths), so they don't think about being respected by others. And then there are those who just aren't self-conscious.
True, but I'm 100% sure most bullies are not sociopaths. Maybe the 'leader' bully might be, and then their 'followers' are people with low self-esteem who just want to fit in with the leader, because this makes them feel like they're cool or whatever.

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I can definitely agree: the mob mentality in public schooling is terrible.

As for bullies? I am of the mind that most bullying is caused by strife/anguish inflicted on the bully, who due to lack of knowledge on how to handle it, vents on fellow students. And I think this really does apply to most of them; sometimes the underlying pain isn't readily apparent, sometimes they may have internalized it and might be on the way to sadism. Standing up against bullies is great if you can do it without getting injured (although you could sue for a hefty settlement or call the police if they're halfway competent in your area) and if you can stay out of trouble with the administration, but I feel someone with the chops and charisma could turn even that into a spectacle that calls attention to the fact that school itself often manifests bullying.

Getting away from it and finding others to cope with can also work, if you can pull off the first one. Attempting to parry bullying with kindness and respect...may or may not work IMHO; you'd probably be better off trying your damndest to ignore each and every last one of the fuckers. Remind yourself that you are better than them if that's what they choose to do, until they can see the error of their ways. If you're lucky and conventional wisdom holds out, you'll fare a bit better at least.

Ignorant students hurling 'autistic' around reminds me of the ignorant 4channers who do the same thing. While your average 4chan scumbag is more a factor of the site culture itself, the emotional damage public school can inflict is no doubt harming society as a whole, and I can see lost students becoming 4channers because they couldn't find another way out of what I'm going to christen the emotional maze.

EDIT: This thread is in the first page of Google results for 'rudeness is a sign of weakness, kindness is strength'. Go us!

DOUBLE EDIT: Thankfully I wasn't on the receiving end of much of this when I was in school.
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I think a lot of bullying in school is often caused by a lack of empathy that is taught as well. Generally, people don't emphasize a lot with those that are bullied so much. All they know is that they must hate them.

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RE: Some kid called me retarded today and everyone laughed

But some kids can "learn" to empathize with other kids, seemingly after midd school/high school. And of course some don't... I don't know, I just don't really know where that behavior comes from an how it leaves
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Quote:I think a lot of bullying in school is often caused by a lack of empathy that is taught as well. Generally, people don't emphasize a lot with those that are bullied so much. All they know is that they must hate them.

yes, it's about staying within the group.

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(03-14-2014 09:09 AM)scorchededge243 Wrote:  I doubt he has the brains to start a computer business Goingcrazy

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(03-04-2014 12:33 PM)KFC Nyan Cat Wrote:  Because mental conditions are funny to some people. Hurts because I hear people call others autistic all the time, and I have aspergers.

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Quote:And all i have is ADD and ADHD :( why are people so cruel?

I find it ironic for them to call you retarded if they don't know the difference between retardation and ADHD. They're not the same thing.

Quote:Because mental conditions are funny to some people. Hurts because I hear people call others autistic all the time, and I have aspergers.

It just goes to show how messed up people are. I have Asperger's too though.

Quote:Exactly. And my school district dosent handle bullying well. In 7th grade this kid kept bullying me repidityly. I kept reporting him but the school did JACK SHIT

And they want us to believe school's good for us somehow...

Quote:they could have called me that because i actually have a job (read my signature) and make money. I'm a nerd. Maybe thats a sign of being retarded in todays society.
If that's what being a nerd is, then maybe nerd's not much of an insult after all.

Quote:Calling you retarded because of a job and money?' That's jealousy right there
Dang that's right.

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(03-04-2014 12:15 PM)rockstarjim22 Wrote:  I've been made fun of in school in the past and it didnt affect me at all, but this did. Some kid called me retarded out of nowhere (this was in the locker room) and everyone in the area laughed :(
Am i really retarded, or no?

No you're not. I'm getting made fun of at school as well. For example, there is a boy in my class who keeps calling me a bitch. Like he did today in RS (Religious Studies). I just wanted to punch him. The teacher even sent me outside and didn't tell off the boy. No one laughed though.

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at my school, if you insult someone randomly then you will miss your nose
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(02-12-2017 09:11 PM)magok Wrote:  at my school, if you insult someone randomly then you will miss your nose

as it should be
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(03-04-2014 12:33 PM)KFC Nyan Cat Wrote:  Because mental conditions are funny to some people. Hurts because I hear people call others autistic all the time, and I have aspergers.

I have been at a school for autistic people (I have that label too) and everybody called each other a "stupid autist" as a joke all the time. So...
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