Bullying—The Antithesis of Civility


Bullying in any sphere of life is a profoundly disturbing behavior problem that cannot be easily solved. But it does help you to acknowledge it is a menacing and counterproductive behavior that continues to grow—unless there is an impediment placed to prevent its buildup or elimination. This applies to bullying in a school, playground, workplace, neighborhood, social event, political arena, or any other environment.

While you consider your options for standing up to bullying behavior, it would be wise for you to ponder these heartfelt thoughts from Reverend Martin Neubauer who survived several years (1937-1945) as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

—Reverend Martin Niemöller

Reverend Niemöller was a German theologian and prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany who was an outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler, leader of Germany’s Nazi Party.


The above material is found in chapter ten of Making Civility Great Again (by Kim Kerrigan and Steven Wells).