Bullying has its roots in evolutionary psychology. It's simply a way for alpha personalities (usually male) to assert dominance over others. It probably helped us survive a long time ago when humans lived in small tribes and needed ways to enforce group conformity to ensure maximum probability of survival. Objectively, it's neither good nor bad.
Subjectively, we live in a modern era where everyone can survive with relative ease. Under these conditions, rationality and empathy have become far more important to us. Bullying is therefore wrong because not only is it unnecessary, but it violates the basic moral principle of treating others as you would like to be treated (with peaceful respect and dignity). Looking at it this way is helpful because you see that bullies are not evil people, they're just simpletons who can't overcome their ape psychology.
Bullying can take many forms, but it always entails the use of real threats (emotional, verbal, or physical) to intimidate. A lot of sensitive people think they're being bullied if someone insults them or disagrees with their point of view, but if no direct harm is done, then it's not bullying. But if you feel you're being bullied and you know you're not just being sensitive, report the bully to someone with the authority to do something about it. It helps if you can specifically identify what the bully does to intimidate you, and whether it's predominantly verbal, physical, or emotional.
· 5 years ago