Sunday, April 13, 2008

A New Commandment!

There should be a new commandment.

“Thou shall not ignore bullying”

Students make lots of excuses for not sticking up for
kids being targets of bullying.

“It’s not my problem.”

“They deserve it.”

“I am not a tattletale.”

“They are not my friend/group.”

When they don’t stick up for a person that is being bullied it not only hurts victim but it hurts the bystander too.

But kids don’t interrupt bullying because;

They are afraid of becoming the target.

Don’t think it’s a big deal

Don’t know what to do.

It’s like a chemical shift in the bystander, just like any high stress situation the feeling of fight or flight enters their world. We need to train kids that the greatest leaders of the world have a moral code of responsibility to do what is right.

Bushido- the ethical code of the samurai is characterized by several key points.

Benevolence- characterizes the true goodness of the mind and spirit is the unbiased kindness to do good. It is the expression of agape love (Greek word for unconditional love).

Rectitude- rightness of principal, justice.

James Williams' article "Virtue of the sword", describes a fairly simple explanation of bushido:

“The warrior protects and defends because he realizes the value of others. He knows that they are essential to society and, in his gift of service, recognizes and values theirs... take the extra moment in dark parking lots at night to make sure that a woman gets into her car safely before leaving yourself. Daily involvement in acts such as these are as much a part of training as time spent in the dojo, and indeed should be the reason for that time spent training... When faced with a woman or child in a situation in which they are vulnerable, there are two types of men: those who would offer succor and aid, and those who would prey upon them. And in modern society, there is another loathsome breed who would totally ignore their plight!”

Giri - Obligation, duty.

Lets each kids it's their duty to stick up for someone being bullied

Mike Bogdanski