Is it morally acceptable to condemn those who have bullied others?
We as a society are constantly faced with many rigorous cultural discussions. Among these is the unfamiliarity with the simple question: “Are we doing good by condemning those who have bullied other people?” The myriad of answers you receive to this question may surprise you – we are full of very diverse opinions. However, the most common answers to this question are: “Yes, we are doing well by bringing down others who have harmed” and “No, this isn’t morally acceptable”.
Let’s picture it like this. A reserved child who isn’t very social is walking down a rainy street. While heading to his home, a neighborhood bully approaches him and harms him and insults the boy. The child falls into deep depression and suffers from his undesirable experience. News of this occurrence circulates through the school he attends and his schoolmates are quick to denounce the bully, accompanied by harsh words that are on the same level of cruelty if not worse than what the bully himself uses. What if the bully is undergoing an emotional time at home and is clouding his judgment and conscience? Do you think that these “defenders” of the bullied victim understand him? The choice is ours to decide – we are free to believe whatever we wish.
One side of this argument is that it is the “right thing to do”. Remember the bully’s situation. Certainly, we’ve all went through difficult times, and our conscience isn’t exactly clear. How is this bully’s dilemma any different?
The other side of this argument is that “no, this isn’t the right thing to do”. Again, remember what happened between the bully and also the bullied boy. If you have been called “fat” or “ugly” and given a broken nose, would you agree that the one who bullied you escape the situation unscathed? But then again, how are the victim’s schoolmates acting any better than the bully himself?
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