Bullycide: Morality and Emotions

  • Posted: February 16, 2010 and this post was last modified April 4, 2011.

It is sometimes easy to let our emotions drive us; the pure adrenaline that flows through us can move us in ways that no energy drink ever could. Even to run on our emotions alone can give us the strength to fight a powerhouse that we might otherwise not even think to take on. But the thing about being motivated by emotions is that once the rush of the moment or agenda is over or mitigated by other life events, we can often lose our driving force. We may still care deeply for the cause, but if we are relying on our emotions to fight for that cause, we could be in for an emotional roller coaster that could send you in a tailspin!

The moral fight, however is a constant; it is not as energized as the emotional fight, but can sometimes reach the emotional level. That is to say, we are constantly aware of what is morally right and it can motivate us to do one thing over another, but we are not emotionally invested in the moral good on a constant basis. Not because we don’t believe in it morally, but because we don’t have the energy to be emotionally invested all the time.

So if we fight the battle of bullycide on the moral playground, we have a better chance of winning than the emotional one. Emotions are invoked by great pain or great pleasure, but in the case of bullycide, the pain is what is emphasized. But we should not have to wait until we hear about the tragic loss of a friend or a loved one before we decide to fight in support of anti-bullying laws and programs in our schools. We should not have to wait to be emotionally fueled for the cause. The moral issue that is to save a life should be enough to drive us day to day.

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