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May 2014

Just Walk Away, Turn Off The Device And Everything Will Be Okay

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SUMMARY

Like sharks safe in the dark fathoms of the sea to prey on targets, the Bullies’ Predatory Footprint looks at the vast, opportunistic, cruel, and predatory behaviour of bullying that is exercised to repress and maintain an ascendancy of dominance, power, and control over others. Harrying many young and vulnerable people to suicide, the clarion cry from communities, families, and friends touched and disabled by its impact is reduced to little more than a humanitarian reflex when social, economic, and cultural changes are not followed up by legitimised actions. Contradictions at the core of moral and democratic values are made evident as the cumulative imprint of hostile and cruel behaviour casts a long shadow on civil society. In thirty years time, unanswerable questions to posterity and a lack of human response may seem perplexing to a new generation of people born into an inherited form of entrapment.

REVIEW

The lack of clarity of what bullying is constituted of among countries around the world has made the persistent problem hard to address and a solution even harder to find. What we know is that in a micro-perspective, bullying diminishes human value, denounce human rights and ruins lives for a length of time. What people fail to realize that in a macro sense, bullying can strangely enough, negatively effect a nation’s economic climate. After reading this book the most important message one can take away from a guardian of the world point of view is to be proactive in conveying the value of the golden rule to children rather than reacting after they have presented some of the distinguishing characteristics of a bully. Since the school environment is regarded as a microcosm of society as a whole whereby physical, cognitive, social, moral, and ethical skills are developed; it has become mandatory for children to appreciate one another for the sake of the human race, the global economy and the future of the world as a whole.

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“Children who learn how to acquire power through aggression on the playground may transfer these lessons to sexual harassment, date violence, gang attacks, marital abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse.”

For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in the psychology of why people do the things they do. Friends tend to look at me narrow-eyed when I read books about serial killers, human trafficking, world despots and the truth behind the sex trade. I am not interested in the gritty details of the acts or how they performed their physical behaviours, I am curious about the motivating factors behind them. With the bullying epidemic consistently spreading like wildfire with the no-looking-back progressive nature of social media and the at times debilitating lack of privacy; bullying has become a twenty four hour a day, seven day a week, three hundred and sixty five day a year obsession. With all of the potential resources lost to this growing problem and the decaying of the moral fabric that holds society together, the hunt for the solution has been glaringly underwhelming.

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“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men (and women) do nothing.” Edmund Burke

In retrospect, even as a young, well-liked guy in school being associated with the popular group lends itself to being a part of issuing some unwarranted hate. Me being the unassuming guy that I am was typically a bystander for these occurrences, which I thought was something that I could be somewhat proud of, but after reading this book I now realize the role I played was equally as responsible as the few who truly did the damage. As I have grown up I never really bought in to the adult or employment-oriented bullying. At this age who needs more friends, we’re not trying to fill up all the front and back pages of yearbooks with signatures of people we will no longer have any kind of relationship with in a couple of years. In a sense it is a sad thing to say but with workplace politics, ingratiating tactics, and backstabbing it is difficult to decipher from the trustworthy and the psychopaths. From this book I think the practice of detachment would be the best method from avoiding negative attention and taking control of this crazy dynamic from an analytical not an emotional point of view.

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This book taught me quite a few things and added some terminology to my lexicon. Mobbing, gaslighting, tornadoes, pair-bully, bullycide, kleptocracy, presenteeism… I enjoyed reading about how the isolated Inuit nipped the problem of psychopathic behaviour in the bud by simply shoving them off ice floes and wringing their hands like nothing out of the ordinary was done. And who knew the French were so aggressive? Is it a form of over compensation for a global reputation or what? You have to read to find out.

This book is as thorough, resourceful and formulaic as you can get in the establishment of an anti-bullying blueprint. Teachers, business owners, managers, child care workers, coaches, health care providers; anyone who cares about their businesses production levels, their bottom-line, the health of our aging population or the future of the next generation should read this book.

“The bully is not looking for imperfections but people with insecurities about their imperfections, so a reaction is drawn and they have permission to respond with further acts of aggression.”

If blood and violence makes you queasy please don’t watch the following video. There is another option below involving rap and a baseball cap; try that one instead.  

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