Posted by ghandikush
Ive been bullied, it i a poitive toughening experience that help you not be a pussy later in life.
Bullying is not a positive experience. A toughening experience, perhaps. But not positive. I do see where you are coming from, but I don't think we need bullying to continue to keep people from becoming pussies.
I know I got in to martial arts at a young age because of bullying. I was never the target of bullies more so than any other kid, but I wanted to be able to defend myself and stand up for myself. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and TMNT gave me the confidence to do those things
While anti-bullying campaigns are great, I don't know how effective they will ever be. It's kind of the same thing as a "Stop being an asshole" campaign. While great in theory, some people are built to be assholes. Some people are built to be bullies. There is only so much that can be done to curb either form of behavior.
We are taught more and more to not defend ourselves in this life. If you see a bear, you are supposed to play dead. If you are getting robbed, you are supposed to give the perpetrator what they want. Those are good examples of when to cooperate. However, the "sit back and cooperate" plan is why 3 out of 4 planes on 9/11 hit their final targets, so there is a very fine line on when that is a good game plan.
It all goes back to parenting and education, in my opinion. If you grow up a pussy, it's either your fault or your parents fault. I'll never forget being 4 years old and telling my dad I wanted to punch one of the other neighborhood kids. He told me never to start fights (I wasn't), and then he showed me how to make a proper fist so I wouldn't break my hand throwing a punch. Lol, my dad was the best....
Edit: More to the point of the thread... Severn should stop competing after this year, not 2012. I mean if he wants to keep going, good for him. But he's a UFC Hall of Famer, and his pro record currently sits at 100-18-7. I don't think he has anything left to prove. Also, of his 18 losses, he has three by (T)KO. One of those came in 2005, and the other two were in his last two fights....