People are fascinating. They enjoy pleasures and endure sorrows. They are generous and selfish. They love and fear each other. They physically and emotionally abuse members of different ethnic, racial, gender, economic, or religious groups. They are not shy of killing, let alone humiliating, each other for imagined or real differences. Once they finish humiliating people with visible differences to subordination, they turn to bully members of their own social group.
Bulling has been present on many levels of human societies throughout history. Ideally, it should not exist in a highly developed society, but the world we live is not immune to subordination, segregation and humiliation. There are still many individuals and groups who habitually intimidate and abuse others.
It is often difficult to readily recognize both the act of bullying and the most damaging bullies, because the abuse can be veiled and subtle, while some bullies can be well integrated and respected members of the society.
The consequences of bullying harm both the individuals and society. Resulting suffering, pain and damage are sometimes incomprehensible. Still, bullying is a common trait of humans. Perhaps, people need bullying for some evolutionary reasons, and bullying might be an unpleasant, but inevitable, element of their struggle to survive. If that is true, we all are bullies.
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