English: the picture consist of articles on bullying, I obtained it from public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sometimes I seriously believe that I’ll discover the ship that brought me here. Of late, being an alien from another planet has been the prevailing feeling and thought. Why is this? I’ll tell you why. It’s because the whole world has gone crazy that’s why!
Young people are committing suicide because classmates, neighbours and strangers are bullying them via cyber-space. So many things are strange about that one statement.
Classmates? What has become of the ‘family’ that classmates used to be? Children used to play with and protect people from “their class”. Teachers used to inculcate a sense of community and talk about things that are special about “our class”.
Neighbours? Parents used to know each other and children came out to ride their bikes in the street while the mothers look on. The ‘weird’ neighbours were the ones who didn’t allow their children to play with others and those who scowled at you when you said good morning. The ‘scary’ house in the neighbourhood was the one that was always quiet and closed because two elderly people lived there.
Strangers? – The rule used to be “Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t accept anything from strangers. Don’t get into a car with strangers.” I guess now we need to say, “Don’t accept friend requests from strangers.” Friend used to have a meaning. Now, strangers become friends with the click of a button.
Bullying? – I never encountered one outside of my own big brother and all I had to do was tell my parents about him then cry for him when he was being punished for bullying me! (silly me) In the movies, the bullies always eventually ended up being deflated by the very victim who pulled that courage out of himself after deciding that enough was enough. Now… hmmmn, how my heart aches. Girls bringing five more to beat one girl in a cafeteria and no one standing up to them? No one.
Cyber-space? – The bullies are not even the big, muscular guys taking advantage of the skinny, bispectacled, nerdy boy. No… all that’s big about them are their mouths and their own hurts and anger. All they need to do is be able to spell words that can cause hurt and pain to others then click the send button. Most of the words cannot be found in the Oxford or Webster Dictionaries. Cyberspace makes bullying an easy job. Cyberspace makes it that you don’t need to know the victim personally to just jump on the bandwagon of hate. Type and send, type and send.
I left this one for last:
Young people committing suicide? – Depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness… these are not new experiences to young people. I experienced every one ot them as a child. Parents used to talk to their children then even when we thought they couldn’t possibly understand. We used to talk about our issues face to face with friends, teachers, someone at church. In short, we were taught resilience, problem solving, anger management, manners and most of all, how to pray.
I feel like I’m standing in the aftermath of a horific attack on earth from aliens. Everything is destroyed and I am standing with sadness and shock as all has come to an end. There is an eerie atmosphere surrounding me. Then the fog clears and I see businessmen going about their business, parents continuing to be busy, politicians promising to reduce crime and all sorts of other things, teachers too tired and too bound by the many laws to really make a difference. Then it gets even worse. I see young people jesting about the horible sight. Laughing and saying it serves them right for being x, y or z. I turn away in deep inner pain and see so few, so very few with the same expression of grief on their faces, trying to fix the little space they’re standing in. They express their sorrow, they weep and they pray.
I look for my ship because my world was not destroyed by aliens. It was destroyed by its own inhabitants through bad laws, bad music, bad movies, bad drugs, bad books, and bad people using good technology.
I am alien and let nothing alien be human to me.