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Alwye
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0 posted 02-27-2001 10:44 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Scream? *AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHH* *ahem* Thank you very much....I needed that. So, can anyone tell me why people have to be so cruel to one another? *shaking head at the meanness of the world*

*Krista Knutson*

I'm a slow dying flower
In a frost-killing hour
The sweet turning sour and untouchable...
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1 posted 02-27-2001 10:51 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Well, without dark dismal days, how can one better appreciate the bright sunny ones?

Also, and I know noone wants to hear this one, dealing with such imbecilic, antagonistic, anal-retentative, social deviants builds character.
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2 posted 02-28-2001 12:33 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I think some people are mean on purpose. It gives them a sense of power - maybe they are really weak and don't have any power in their lives so they find a way to get it by being mean.

Some people are raised by people who are mean - they were raised that way too - it a perpetuation of meanness. They don't know any better - it's not an excuse but perhaps a reason.

I would like to think that people aren't mean just to be mean - for the thrill of seeing someone weaker being hurt either physically or emotionally. But, I guess you'll all tell me I'm wrong.
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I'm afraid that in order to answer this question, I need a more precise definition of "mean."

If you refer to the tendency to center one's actions about the goal of furthering one's self-interest, I'm afraid you've hit upon the primal survival instinct. Yes folks, we still are animals, and will follow our instincts if not consciously striving to do otherwise.

Fortunately, one of the very things that make us unique as a species is our ability to ignore or overpower our selfish instincts, thereby sacrificing some portion of our own self-aggrandization to serve the needs of some "greater good." Ideally, the beneficiary of this sacrifice is society as a whole; one person's gift helps another, or several others, and they feel compelled to reciprocate with their own sacrifice. Everyone's happy, la-la-la ....

Problem is, there's still those instincts pecking at our morality. Then there's the general degradation of society as a whole; most often perpetuated by those in power (read: those with money). So the norm shifts back to selfish ... to violence, perhaps. We are bombarded with it every day -- TV, music, even on the streets. Our governments are so busy squabbling with one another over this bit of land or that field of oil that they don't see the damage being sown right under their noses.

Um ... I just realized I went off on a major tangent here but I really don't feel like editing so ... welcome to my madness.

Linda

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4 posted 02-28-2001 09:55 AM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

I agree with Ali

How can you appreciate a beautiful day when you don't know what an ugly day is?

How can you know what happiness means when you don't know what it means to be sad?

What I do is, I just use those mean people to appreciate the nice ones. I do it with friends too.

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this give life to thee." W.S.
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5 posted 02-28-2001 10:52 AM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

I have to agree with Poet deVine.

People are mean because they enjoy seeing others hurt.
I remember a man who use to think it was funny to twist his daughters arm till she said Uncle, and she always said Uncle, but only after tears. He called it a game, you tell me what it was!
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6 posted 02-28-2001 01:39 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

I woulda said uncle once he grabbed my arm!

but mean people.......I don't like those kind.



I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

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I admire it daily
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7 posted 02-28-2001 03:54 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

I always thought he would stop before he made me cry. When you're young you believe in miracles.
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8 posted 02-28-2001 04:01 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

That's not mean..that's child abuse!!!
 
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