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Does it help to bully those who bully? Thoughts and a solution from the best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars.
When I experience negativity on the internet, here's what doesn't help. What doesn't help is people coming in and bullying the bully. Uh, that doesn't help me and I think ultimately probably doesn't help a bully. I think that that's true for kids too. What does help is focusing positive energy and attention toward that person who's being hurt and who's being dehumanized. Um, so, you know, go out of your way to say to your friends who may be, or even if they're not your friends, even if it's people you don't particularly like, go out of your way to say to those people, you know, "This isn't you. This isn't, you know, there's nothing wrong with you. I, you know, I like you. I wish you the best. Like, none of this is easy for any of us." It's important to remember that, like, you know, middle school, high school, that is not easy for anybody. Nobody is having, like, an easy time and, um, so just, yeah. Just try to be compassionate in that way and I believe in sort of reaching out with that positive energy to people.