Cyberbully: (v) to bully online by sending or posting mean or intimidating messages, usually anonymously
Vices are depleted of all virtue.
If we don’t believe this, we tend to make excuses for errant behavior—even contending that such actions have a time or place.
This is why bratty, snotty, cynical and ignorant continue to live on, although they were exposed as useless long ago.
Bullying has also proven to be both unpleasant and ineffective.
It is unpleasant because the one doing the bullying is left with a sour, stale taste in his or her mouth, and ineffective because after a brief sense of victory, every bully is eventually identified and eliminated.
But now we have the Internet.
It’s the perfect platform for those who wish to be bullies but fear being punched in the nose by a superior force. They can now hide out behind what is usually a not-so-clever tag or handle.
I am convinced that most human beings prefer to be considered nice but have found the upkeep on such a profile daunting, or perhaps boring.
I, myself, will occasionally get in the presence of those who twist my last nerve and try to stomp on the weakness of my good grace.
I immediately realize I have a choice.
I can become offended, infuriated or disgusted, using my language tools to devastate them with some unrighteous retort.
Or (now, please listen) I can walk away and realize that within thirty feet of my departure, they are barely on my mind.
Sometimes occupying the same space is the best way to turn yourself into an asshole—if you’re occupying that space with someone who brings out the bully in you.
The purpose of the Internet is to create communication, not destroy it—to connect us to one another instead of rubbing each other the wrong way, producing friction and pain.