Abusiveness, Cyber-bullying, and Suicide

I wrote the following on Maureen Downey’s “Get Schooled” blog, this evening, June 17, 2017, and on Jay Bookman’s blog. Both journalists are writers for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Regarding the case of the teenager who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the case in which she cyber-bullied her boyfriend into suicide, as presented on the “Get Schooled” blog this evening, here was my response. My words apply equally well on this blog, imho.


‘This editorial was emotionally jarring. I cannot answer the question posed regarding as to what the judge should have considered or not. I am not an attorney, nor am I a judge.

However, as an educator, I will offer this. Abusiveness has become a way of life in our nation. Whether it is self-abuse, as in suicide, or abuse of others, as in bullying, the problem which must be addressed is WHY this phenomenon of abusiveness is occurring today?

I am convinced that the primary way out of this negativity that too many Americans are now engulfed within is through education that will raise the consciousness of America’s citizens.

This begins by all citizens’ recognizing that the liberal arts are probably more important to the survival of our species and the planet than any other curriculum area, including math and science. Unless we place sufficient emphasis on raising the consciousness of our citizens through understanding human nature in depth via literature, art, music, history, and psychology, we will continue to see others and ourselves only in shallow and stereotypical ways, which, as I have stated many times on this and other blogs, are dangerous ways of perceiving.’ ”

Link to the editorial on the Get Schooled blog: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2017/06/16/an-involuntary-manslaughter-conviction-turns-cyberbullying-from-tragic-to-criminal/

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One Response to Abusiveness, Cyber-bullying, and Suicide

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    I would add philosophy to the list of subjects to study. But it is not enough to just say “study philosophy”. There are three things people need that a study of philosophy can teach.

    A better understanding of how to think.

    An understanding of how philosophical ideas have consequences for all subjects and in all of life.

    Correction of widespread errors in fundamental philosophical areas such as ontology, epistemology, and the foundations of ethics, and learning of better principles in these areas. I maintain that Ayn Rand’s philosophy is what is needed here.

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