“It’s okay to be different. After all, isn’t that the greatest part about being human?”

Bullying. Every time I hear the word the one question that comes to my mind is ‘Why?’ Why do people bully? What do they get out of it? What kind of sick satisfaction do they feel from hurting others? I’ve read so many books where the plot revolves around bullying. All of them have been fiction books. The funny thing is, it’s not fictitious at all. Not one bit. People all around the world get bullied everyday and it’s not just teenagers anymore, who bully, but kids and adults as well. Last time I checked, kids were supposed to be innocent and adults were supposed to be mature.

I, personally, haven’t been bullied nor have I bullied anyone and if someone who gets bullied is reading this, they would probably scoff and think, “What does she know?” It’s true. I don’t know much about your situation or about how affected you are. But I do know that everyday, there is someone out there who is left broken and is faced with so much cruelty that they no longer have the will to live. Life — given to us as a gift — no longer means anything to them. Bullying, both physically and mentally — through words, slowly tear them apart, eventually shattering them completely.

They say that everything happens for a reason. What possible reason could there be for people to be so cruel? Some say people bully just to make others feel their pain too. Some say they do it to get the attention of someone they like. Is it just me or does anyone else see that there is seriously no logic whatsoever, in that thought. How much ever society tries to make what bullies do sound normal, it won’t work. Simply because, it isn’t right. Bullies hunt. They hunt any prey who is weak. ‘Weak’ here, meaning those who don’t fall under stereotypes. People become ‘weak’ just because they are different. Society can’t accept that and how much ever ‘advanced’ we consider ourselves to be, humans are no better than animals if we continue bullying.

Bystanders. Now, here are some people who really need to be applauded. Seriously. I would say it takes a lot of effort to be so cold hearted; to turn your head in the opposite direction when you see someone get bullied; to have the audacity to judge the ones who get bullied just because they are too thin, too fat, too ugly, too smart, too dumb….. blah blah blah, without know even a single thing about them.

Like I said, I may not know a lot about the situation of those who bully or get bullied but one thing that I think is necessary for every person to know is that it’s not you who decides whom to punish or how much punishment a person gets just because you don’t see eye to eye with every person in this whole world. Every one has a right to have their opinion. If you don’t like it, turn away. Don’t go at them like a battering ram. For those who get bullied, silence never works. I’m not sure what is stopping people from opening up because not everyone is your enemy. You have to understand that and move forward. Keeping quiet will only fuel their confidence.

Humanity is the one thing that is keeping us from tearing each other apart. Please don’t lose it.