People soon get tired of trends, fads or fashion, this is a given. Advertisers, the media, (television for sure) and even politicians know that if you make something trendy, people will quickly get tired of it and move onto the next one. My experience of this came in the 1980s when I was an anti- Contra Aid protester. Opponents of one protest I went on said that we were living in the 1960s because the days of protest and rebellion was over. What those in power did was attempt to make standing up for what you believe in a social trend and anyone who protested anything was out of style and living two decades earlier. This is dangerous and historically inaccurate! Protesting never came and went with the 1960s. Historical fact, if a mass of determined women didn’t take to the streets to protest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women might not still be allowed to vote. Just a thought but I won’t harp on this too much as I want to get into the meat of what this post is about.
Because there are so many people speaking about against bullying these days, it is in danger of becoming a trend. Already, I have heard or read online statements by a few people who are ‘fed up with all of this anti-bullying nonsense.’ The fear is that if anti-bullying is treated as a trend, then people will get fed up with it and don’t want to hear about it anymore. Furthermore, they could have the misconception that bullying is a thing of the past, so there is no need for so many people to speak out against it. Likewise, people in the 1980s thought there was no need to protest because the Vietnam war was over. If this backlash against anti-bullying is allowed to prevail, then bullying will regain a momentum it should never have and we will be right back to where we were a few years ago. This is a dangerous way to go, especially to targets of bullying.
Another consequence from this is how it might effect the next generation. Young people do not want to do the same things their parents did. The ‘free-love’ attitude of the 1960s supposedly led to the an attitude by the youth of the 1980s to be more selective about sex and love. In the case of bullying, I fear that the youth of today might see their parents getting all caught up in the anti-bullying cause and not wanting to be like their parents, ignore it totally thus creating a bullying backlash, possibly an epidemic. This must never be allowed to happen! We must teach all children that bullying or anti-bullying is not a trend. Bullying in any form is wrong and must not be allowed in any circumstances. That’s my two-cents for today.
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