Bullies

Bullies come in all shapes & sizes Both sexes

Wear many a clever disguise.

 

Intimidation tactics vary widely

(read between the lines)

 

Dealing with bullies?

Now there’s a task

 

It takes more than just grit & courage

Fierce determination

 

Most of us are just not up to it

Blinded as we are, by our own self-interest

(tripping endlessly over our supposed self-interests)

 

What do we do instead?

 

Shoot the messenger

Hunker down

Circle the wagons of privilege & entitlements

 

(Treasured illusions about “democracy,” “fairness” & “freedom” die hard

Especially when eyes & ears are only partly open)

 

Watch the games of divide & conquer

The not-so-thoughtful among us are all too prey to

 

Fear tactics abound.

 

After all, whose “side” are we on?

(Circles have no sides)

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I wonder:

Are we all both the bullied

and the bully?

 

The colonizers

& the colonized?

 

Janet

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “We Americans are locked in an asylum for the criminally insane with the criminally insane, and they are armed to the hilt. We are in a dangerous place. Yet we continue to call ourselves free. Psychosis and delusion is not freedom.” – Charles Sullivan in ‘Contesting the Systems of Power