Why can a conversation deteriorate to 'name calling' instead of continue a decent discussion?

In a community, what does a bully do with respect to time, money, and the quality of life? And, if the rest of us want to be victims of a bully then what do we do?

To:  All of the kind people in our community who want to feel safe and free in an unsafe and unfree world,

To simplify, let me provide some definitons:

1.  Bully -- 'name caller', terroist, see 'Gnostic Sage' for a recent example. 

2.  Victim -- the person whom the bully intends to diminish.

3.  Savior -- the person who tries to protect the victim from the bully.

Some questions to ponder:

1.  When a bully tries to diminish others then what do they really want?

2.  Does a bully want to defer or deny a feeling of anger or fear?

3.  Or, does a bully want to build a community of trust and respect?

4.  Who (is | are) the victim(s) when we deny & limit our power to set limits on the bully(s)?

5.  What are the limits that we have the power to impose on the streets, in the schools, library, public malls, -- in person and online?

6.   What do we do when our public officials (mayors, school CEOs, and library directors) practice denial, duplicity, and prioritize their needs without a decent analysis of all of the facts?

7.  Was Hitler and Stalin 'mad men' or just 'little bully boys' acting out in a big body? 

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The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 08, 2013 at 01:37 PM
And who/what is Gnostic Sage. Someone/thing you've kindly labeled as a terrorist. Not light words to use.
Nolan Thrice May 08, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Dude, get YOUR OWN blog. Patch is NOT your blog. Every time you get an itch, you write something up and submit it to Patch. It just makes Patch that much more pathetic and a joke that they continue to publish it. In the 8 days so far this month, you've manage to submit something almost every day. The title of this entry pretty much comes across as whining.
Nolan Thrice May 08, 2013 at 02:05 PM
"Inappropriate" according to whom? YOU, Lou? Please, get over yourself.
Brandon Scullion May 08, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Lou, I would ignore.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Please, ignore me. It will definitely help build my sense of community...


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