The other day a friend and I were talking about something that is familiar to most, bullying. No, I don't mean the beating someone up kind, I mean the one that is created with words.
Words are powerful tools as well as dangerous weapons, but many don't seem to realize the impact they have. They say things that scar emotionally, mentally. The bullied may or may not have someone to help them, to talk to. And even if they do, it doesn't necessarily make them feel better. They still hurt and turn those words over in their heads, even without meaning to.
Years might go by, but those words stay with them, shape them into who they are. Sure, they may get stronger because of that overtime, but they would still be hurting. I can say this because I've been bullied before, and it hurt, it still does.
As for the bullies themselves...whatever their reason, it isn't enough. Some people have killed themselves because of words thrown at them. And, no, typing words do not lessen the hurt. It may let the bully say something they wouldn't on a normal basis, but it does nothing for bullied. Especially since those words are forever imprinted onto the Internet, into the world.
Yes, some bullies may be taking their anger and frustration out on others, some might even just be being plain mean for no good reason, not that acting out on others is a good reason though, but that means nothing for the ones who have ended their lives because of the pain they go through.
Call it teasing, call it protecting yourself, it doesn't matter, it's still wrong and hurtful. Anyone out their who is calling someone names or spreading rumors or whatever, please, stop and think about what you're doing, how it might affect whoever you're talking about. And, remember, they may not show it, but there's a good chance they're hurting.
And to all of you who are in such situations, just know that it will get better. It might get worse before it does, but it will get better. You will be a stronger person afterwards, just push on.
Words are forever and can help as well as hurt.