Bully

1 archaic (a): sweetheart; (b): a fine chap
2 (a): a blustering browbeating person; especially: one habitually cruel to others who are weaker; (b): pimp
3: a hired ruffian

Source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bully

Etymology

Bully (n.): 1530s, originally “sweetheart,” applied to either sex, from Dutch boellover; brother,” probably a diminutive of Middle Dutch broederbrother” (compare Middle High German buole “brother,” source of German Buhle “lover”).

Meaning deteriorated 17th century through “fine fellow” and “blusterer” to “harasser of the weak” (1680s, from bully-ruffian, 1650s). Perhaps this was by influence of bull, but a connecting sense between “lover” and “ruffian” may be in “protector of a prostitute,” which was one sense of bully (though not specifically attested until 1706). The expression meaning “worthy, jolly, admirable” (especially in 1864 U.S. slang bully for you!) is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word.

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, 16th U.S. President who issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.)

Bio Source:

www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/abrahamlincoln

“Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.”

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850, considered one of the great novelists of all time, French literary artist who produced a vast number of novels and short stories collectively called, “La Comédie humaine” – “The Human Comedy”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Honore-de-Balzac

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919, with the assassination of President William McKinley he became, not quite 43 years of age, the 26th and the youngest U.S. President in the nation’s history.)

Bio Source:

www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/theodoreroosevelt

“There is no gesture more devastating than the back turning away.”

Rachel Simmons (b. 1974, author, educator and coach who helps girls and young women grow into authentic, emotionally intelligent and assertive adults; also best known for writing the book, “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls”)

Bio Source:

www.rachelsimmons.com

“Never do a wrong thing to make a friend--or to keep one.”

Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, the leading Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War, who has been venerated as a heroic figure in the South.)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/robert-e-lee-9377163

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Desmond Tutu (b. 1931, South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, who received The Nobel Peace Prize in 1984)

Bio Source:

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1984/tutu-bio.html

“Now, I've always known that there were bullies in the world. We've seen a lot of it in politics lately as well as in daily life. You see it where people who may be stronger, or bigger, or better with verbiage than other folks... show off. To me, that's what bullying is, showing off. It's saying, I'm better than you, I can take you down. Not just physically, but emotionally.”

Whoopi Goldberg (b. Caryn Elaine Johnson in 1955, award-winning comedian, actress, and human right advocate, aw well as the longtime host of the daytime talk show, “The View.”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/whoopi-goldberg-9314384

“It was only high school after all, definitely one of the most bizarre periods in a person’s life. How anyone can come through that time well adjusted on any level is an absolute miracle.”

E.A. Bucchianeri (author of nonfiction, fiction, biographies, memoirs, music, art, drama, as well as a literary critic)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/2798990.E_A_Bucchianeri

“Things will get easier, people's minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.”

Ellen DeGeneres (b. 1958, comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_DeGeneres

Meditation

“Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.”

— Honoré de Balzac

I’ve been thinking about bullying a lot lately, especially this year as there is so much animosity towards women , particularly as the political rhetoric becomes more pronounced during our nation’s tumultuous presidential campaign year.

We all know that human domination has been part of our cultural experience since the beginning of time.  Unfortunately, conquests were what most of this nation was built upon.

But, I believe and hope that, at this stage of our evolution we are beginning to loose our taste and tolerance for the lowest dimensions of our human existence, which includes bullying in our politics, homes, schools, and workplaces.

On the other hand, perhaps, this is what we need to go through in order to truly experience, see, hear, and feel the most ugly and vile parts of our ego and false selves.  If we examine ourselves more in-depth, we will be able to face down our demons and exorcise them once and for all.

We all have personally endured attempts to degrade our person-hoods.  But, sometimes we all can become more incensed when others are picked on and devalued, especially innocent children, victimized women, and the isolated elderly.   When this occurs, we can tapped into our spiritual warrior mode by seeking love, justice, and peace.

We all have known the torment of a monster to abuse others at will.  Please let us not become indifferent to the cruelty of our world.  Let us take a stand and speak up against bullying of every kind.  If we all do what is righteous together, we will continue to transform love into action.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

 

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