Originally posted on The Hope Blog:
A YouTube video went viral not long ago. In the video a heavy set school boy is seen with a small tormenter jumping in his face, poking at him. Suddenly, the larger boy picks up the smaller boy and slams him to the ground. The smaller boy, stunned, limps off to the cheers of the other students who are watching. Reportedly, the younger boy had been bullying the larger boy for a long time. The bigger boy finally had had enough and dealt rough justice to the little bully.
Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, when I look back on my life, it seems like I have spent most of it dealing with them. The recent horrifying stories of teen suicide related to bullying (there was another terrible story this last week of a teen girl ending her life after a long siege of bullying) speak of a culture that is increasingly bestial, where only the strongest survive. Bullying may be getting a lot of attention now due to social media and the wave of suicides, but bullying is as old as mankind.