Friday, May 06, 2005

Good defence against bullies

"Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is generally believed that wit is a function of intelligence. While there is some relationship between intelligence and wit, the relationship is minor. What is more important to the execution of wit is learning how it works and practice.

Wit may be taught. If wit, as Emerson suggests, is an effective weapon of defence, and less harmful than bombs, guns and knives, it follows that wit should be taught to children.

Bullies, by nature, have poor self images. If every child and every adult had a witty response to the assault of a bully, bullying would cease to be a social problem.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems

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