Monsters Amongst Us
Am I truly this naive or have things around me changed more than even I could realize? I mean sure, back when I was a kid, we had bullies…but now it seems as though bullies have a whole other source to spread their evil. They do it behind the darkness of the internet, like little cowards. Almost like a gunman, shooting it’s kill from a distance…never knowing his victim, but simply shooting for the sheer hell of it. Why am I just now realizing this? Is it because it happened to a friend and the more I looked into it I came to see that he was just one of many victims?
What sickened me the most in this discovery was that within moments on the computer, I tripped across countless attacks on others. Sure, as adults, we can try to look past the rantings of a coward, but many of these senseless and uncalled for attacks were made on CHILDREN!!!! Nothing in this world angers me more than seeing a child hurt, whether it is my own or someone elses child!
Before I go any further, let me apologize to those of you who normally check out my blog to read my short stories…I will warn you, this is not a short story. It is NOT about love and kindness, of which I normally speak. It is simply me…ranting! Nothing pretty about this blog and please don’t expect it to flow beautifully or be a written piece of genius! Expect me, asking you, what has this world come to?
I use to listen to my parents say the dreaded words, “Back in my day, we…..” It was always followed up by some tale of how the world had worsened since then or become far too difficult. Now, today at the age of 46, I hear the words of my parents as they slide over my own lips. Yet, it is true, back in my day, when I was a child or a young adult, there wasn’t this sense of doom and drama around that seems to surround the youth of today. Yeah…there was an occasional bully, BUT everyone knew who he/she was and just tried to steer clear. Yet now, the bullies are nameless…ageless…faceless…hiding behind their computer screens with seemingly nothing better to do with their time than seek out others to spew their poison on. Even worse is that it isn’t just children doing this. It can be irresponsible adults as well who have such low self-esteem and self-worth that they pick on others, including CHILDREN. What the HELL??? I just do not get it!
Sure, I have heard about these people in the news, but today for some reason, seeing it myself, opened my eyes to the horror of their words. How could I have been so naïve? Why didn’t I listen until now? Seeing it with my own eyes woke me up!!! I was disgusted with myself for not seeing it and disgusted by the fact that there are people out there that can be more than just hateful! They are word terrorists of sorts! Do they not stop to think about the effect that their actions could have on their victims and their families??? The pain that these idiots inflict through their words cuts like a knife. It hurt me to read some of these things and I can’t even imagine how it made the recipients feel…or should we call them what they are…VICTIMS. Geez Louise….Why I ask? Why even go on such senseless attacks?
CAN YOU NOT SEE…..YOU HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN BY YOUR ACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a mother, I beg of you to watch what your kids post on the computer and keep an eye on even their most precious posts. I saw posts that children had made for their grandparents to view or other family that lives far away…beautiful posts with adorable sentiment. Following the beauty was horrid attacks on these children’s appearance…the way they spoke….what they wore…and even harsh words about their family.
So please…I know that we tell our children, “There isn’t such things as monsters,” but in today’s world…there is! Help in this fight to protect our kids. For, somewhere out there, the monsters are ready to pounce on your child with an ugliness that is indescribable! They sit in wait, behind their keyboard, just mulling around, swimming in their hatred and self-loathing. Furthermore, what I have found is, that when our children do try to say something back to these monsters in their own defense, it only heightens the bullies arousement level and they then know they have your child in their sights! It’s “game on” for them, but for some of our children, it is “lights out,” because they can take no more….
Need I say more?
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