Do We Bully Ourselves?

March 15, 2017

 

Mostly I’m seeing this on Twitter and Facebook. In a world where manners seem cast aside, there seems to be one rule of etiquette: It’s rude and disrespectful to criticize others (politicians excepted). If you do, you are pounced upon and corrected by friends and strangers alike who tell you not to judge, not to dis, not to be so hasty. It’s as if we are all protecting one another from labels, bullying, and unfair assessments. Which, I might add, is a good thing. It’s as if everyone has generously adopted the mantra, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

 

BUT… if you say, “I’m such an idiot,” or “I was so stupid,” or “Here I go again,” or “Just my luck,” people will, at most, console you. Often they even identify and share examples of their own equally senseless behavior. The most negative comment you might get is, “Wah, wah, wah, quit whining.” {continue reading at Meridian}

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