Nothing Short of Chic: Why Can't Everyone Just Be Nice?

22.2.17

Why Can't Everyone Just Be Nice?


Love trumps hate, and kindness will win out because it takes courage and strength. Stand up against bullying every day, not just February 22. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Today, February 22, is Pink Shirt Day, in support of the movement to stop bullying & of victims of oppression, harassment, and torment.

Everyone runs into bullying in some way, shape, or form in their lives. From name-calling on the playground to subtle insults in the office, it can live anywhere and in many different magnitudes. But is always hurtful (sometimes abusive) and unnecessary. Almost everyone is on the receiving end of bullying at some point or other, even the bullies themselves. So why why why does it even exist?

First, there’s the issue of status, or power-play. Many people crave power and respect. So you get someone who will use force, or threats, or fear to cow people under him or her, and even though it’s not true respect, it’s close enough for them to get that “high.” The only way to keep that “high” going is to use this power on the smaller, or meeker, or more sensitive.

Then you have people who have been bullied in the past and want to get revenge, essentially by proving to the world that they are “tough.” It’s a complicated business, deciphering bullying, because these are only two of many reasons and these types of actions almost always stem from personal issues. “People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” This quote by Dan Pearce just about sums the entire thing up.

Love trumps hate, and kindness will win out because it takes courage and strength. Stand up against bullying every day, not just February 22. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Love trumps hate, and kindness will win out because it takes courage and strength. Stand up against bullying every day, not just February 22. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Love trumps hate, and kindness will win out because it takes courage and strength. Stand up against bullying every day, not just February 22. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Love trumps hate, and kindness will win out because it takes courage and strength. Stand up against bullying every day, not just February 22. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Photography by Annika Cleland-Hura. Feature photograph by Kaelyn Cleland-Hura.

Please, let’s start a discussion. Send me a comment. Finally, let me leave you with this quote: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” (Tim Fields)

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