April 26th, 2007

When did bullying become an ideology?

In a comment to this fromozarque, I said
This relates to something I've been trying to put a finger on--there's been a fairly recent ideologization of verbal bullying, a belief that people should be tough enough to ignore insults, and if they don't like being insulted, it's a personal defect. [1] Stoicism has been around for a long time, but I don't think it used to be invoked by people who are proudly unwilling to control their own cruelty.

[1] There's a contradiction there--if people really could ignore insults, there'd be no point in insulting them.

For more about the right to react when you've been insulted, see this fromshadesong.