Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Passive Bully

A sign of dignified defiance against injustice
I'm the last person in the world to claim dignity; oh boy, have I gone off like a cracker in my time. But here's the thing, if we don't learn from our mistakes we are destined, as the saying goes, to repeat them. The seemingly endless loop of making mistakes and rectifying them, of remorse and forgiveness, and of regret and salvation, has kept many religions in business (and profit) for centuries.

What is it about we humans that we can't stop gathering in packs, and once in them, waste no time looking around for something, or someone, to attack? I'm inclined to believe the addictive nature of Facebook, for example, is just another manifestation of the pack mentality.

Karate forums seem to be on the way out now, having been surpassed by the much faster Facebook and Twitter technology. Now, it's possible to identify a target, and within moments have fellow pack members (friends) from all around the world, join in with the ridicule, sarcasm, and bile.

Tut....tut...karateka, if you want to be taken seriously, grow up!