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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: A Tyrantís Testament
By Glenn A. Hascall
08/10/04

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I am feared. I am loathed. I am despised.

People will do what I say. They will hate me, but they will succumb to a primal fear deep within and I will win.

The first time I gave voice to my personal desires was in a fit of rage. In time rage wasnít required for me to make demands - and the demands were made more often. It mattered little who would be the object of my wrath and there have been many.

I do not have friends, only a grudging respect and forced obedience.

Perhaps it is a fear of brute strength - mostly it is a fear of the unknown that cause others to jump at my command. I laugh at such pathetic creatures that have so little self respect that they willingly agree so completely to my demands.

On the other hand, they didnít see me when I was alone in my room - when my parents checked out - when the anger builds - when I would do anything to spend some time with my dad - when I cry Ė when I scream until my throat is raw - when I punch the walls Ė when I ...

I fear myself. I loath myself. I despise myself.

The way I choose to live is the only way I know how to make others notice me. Once it was classmates, teachers, principle and janitor. Now it is neighbors, co-workers, wife and children. I am noticed, and in that acknowledgement I balance precariously between peace of mind and emotional meltdown.

Try to help me and I will push you away. Try to get close and Iíll chase you away. Try to tell me God loves me and I will find ways to humiliate you. Try to be my friend and you will be hurt. Just tryÖ

Please!


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Mary Elder-Criss08/16/04
Glenn,
NIce job of writing from the bully's perspective. I believe it was John Hunt's (if not, forgive me) article which stated, "When bullies lash out, often times they are in actuality reaching out, daring someone to care." Your piece explores just that. Well done. With love, Mary
Colleen Smith08/16/04
Nice piede. I truly believe this is where the bully is coming from.
darlene hight08/16/04
Soo true! It's a great piece for looking at the other side of an ugly temprament
Dian Moore08/16/04
Good entry, Glenn. Not all, but most bullies are created through circumstance. Thank you for giving us a glimpse from the inside. Not that YOU were ever a bully. :)
Melanie Kerr 08/16/04
Excellent. I loved your opening lines - short and snappy. It was apowerful peice and I liked the progression from school to work, to marriage. The very last "Please" almost had me in tears.
Joanne Malley08/16/04
I was nice to read something from the "bully's" angle. Good job!
Dori Knight08/16/04
oh boy, glenn - you made me cry. you really have to stop doing that.

what you wrote could have come out of the mouth of someone that i am trying to deal with right now. for me, it was very timely.

thank you my brother.
Marina Rojas08/18/04
How interesting to see this side of the bully story...I felt the weight of the anger and guilt. And the responsibility to reach out.

Thank you
L.M. Lee08/18/04
what a unique view from the other side.
Sheila Boyd08/20/04
Well written, the progression of time and intensity was so natural and sadly so true. Very good!!
Kay Brown08/21/04
Oh, how I wish I hadn't already used up my three votes! Thank you for this penetrating look into an unhappy heart. Very nicely done. Kay