Everything about people mystifies me, instead of goodwill and altruism people are only
concerned with themselves. I am not implying that I, myself, am any better than the run-of-the-mill
average human being. However, my problem is that I am aware of how horrible I am and how
disgusting human kind has become. Our obsession with perfection is especially amusing because
perfection is unattainable. Perfection basically means ‘without flaws’, but everyone has flaws; that is
what makes everything so perfect. If everyone on the planet were to believe during their moments of
pain and desperation: ‘Everything is perfect’ this moment will help me and teach me, give me
something I didn’t have before; many would be surprised how true it would be. Every painful moment
teaches us a lesson; however pain isn’t the only way to learn.
Compassion and empathy are the most preferable ways to learn hard lessons. When placed in
adversity you must go beyond your own pain to see the pain your adversary has absorbed. This is
easier said than done. This brings me to the topic of my paper: bullying; it is bad. It’s horrible; it
demonstrates that, sadly, the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts are still very present in our everyday
culture. As humans in this day and age, we are all paradoxes. We scream to the masses to be who they
are, we applaud Lady Gaga’s latest look, but the fine print of this contract was not examined. What we
mean to say is: “Be who you are, as long as you are just like me”. Although being different is no
longer blatantly fatal there is no doubt that is still kills. Instead of attempting to simply change
behavior, to stop bullying we must take a step further and try to change thoughts. We are not going to
change the way people behave, we need to change people’s thoughts so their actions follow suit.
I have been subject to bullying, but the words that bother me are not the ones directed at me,
but those directed at my friends. And it hurts me at this very moment that a few seats away from me
those people who have harassed my friends and I are writing this very same essay and boasting how
they will win. My point is to say that I know that seeing the pain in others and ignoring your own is
not an easy task, but I hope that someone out there is willing to take on the challenge.
To end this in a style that truly reflects me, here is a poem:
I know your type,
You’re hurt but you won’t admit it.
I can see it in your eyes
As the fists rain down upon me.
I will suffer,
I will take it,
But we know it will not make it better.
You have been told:
“violence won’t solve anything”
only make eyes wetter…
You wish it could.