• Cyberbullying

    I enjoy writing about what happens in my day-to-day life on this website.  It’s sort of my online travel diary.  If there’s something on my mind I can get my little fingers typing and usually as I write, things get sorted in my head. I don’t expect anyone to read my blog.  They’re my experiences and why would anyone want to read about that?  But in the 6 years that I’ve had this website, I’ve had heaps of people comment on the site and/or email me about their thoughts on the website.  And every time I get a message about how that person can relate to what I am going through or have gone through, I’m truly amazed.  I’ve had wonderful people email to say that they’re homesick and my experiences have comforted them and I’ve had Americans, Australians, Swedish, British, and countless other nationalities tell me that they’ve found my thoughts and experiences amusing.  Thank you friends – your support and comments mean a lot to me!

    The other day I received a reply to an old post that was quite disturbing.  Here is the censored version of it:

    “I know I’m replying to a years old post, but f*** you.

    The US lets thousands die because of a lack of health 
    insurance, that would NEVER happen in Australia. You're 
    an over opinionated f***ing b**** who should have been 
    given a punch in the face and told to shut the f*** up 
    years ago.
    
    I hope you're back in the US now because the last thing 
    we want is some stupid yank from the land of "universal 
    healthcare is communism" telling us our healthcare is 
    backward. F*** you.”

    Oh dear, where to start…

    OK I will start with the obvious.

    It’s not a years old post, dumbass.  It’s a 5 year old post.  I was in Australia for less than a month at that point.  Every single experience here was brand new for me.  The tone and subject matter I write about has changed drastically here as I have grown and learned my way around Australia and Australian ways and customs.

    Also, I was speaking about my experience with 2 doctors that I had seen at that point.  I was not generalizing.  I was speaking about experience-specific but you may not be educated enough to know the difference.

    And most importantly, if you don’t like my posts, then you have all the power in the world to NOT read them.  Don’t like what’s on my blog?  Find something else to read.  Don’t like what’s on the internet?  Turn the computer off and get a life.

    I support President Obama’s healthcare reform.  Not that I needed it, my employment in the US at a public school provided me with very good healthcare, but I do believe in everyone having access to healthcare regardless of how much they earn.  I grew up poor and didn’t have health insurance but if I was ill I was taken care of.  I even had my tonsils taken out when I was 12.  I didn’t die because I didn’t have health insurance so I don’t know where you are getting your information.  I never had to wait 2 hours to be seen by a doctor as it is very common here and every doctor I ever saw in the US believed in preventative care something that I have seen some doctors here lack.

    Australia’s health system is far from perfect, as you can see here (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/patients-dying-in-queensland-hospital-emergency-departments-waiting-for-treatment/story-e6frg6oo-1226035019242) and here (http://www.news.com.au/travel/man-dies-after-waiting-four-hours-in-an-ambulance-outside-nambour-hospital/story-e6frfq7r-1226441798306) and I can fill up this post with many more examples (some firsthand experiences) but there’s no need.  I won’t justify my thoughts anymore than I have already.

    I love Australia.  It’s my home now.  I’m allowed to be critical of something that I see can be better, just like I am critical of things in America.  I couldn’t imagine writing something negative about France because I have never been so I wouldn’t consider myself well-versed based on some things I may have read or seen on the internet or news.  That’s only for pompous idiots.

    Ok, now for the not so obvious…

    When I first read that hateful email, I wondered what would possess a person to write those evil words to someone they don’t even know.  There are lots of things I don’t agree with but I do 1 of 2 things.  I either address them and say something along the lines of “I beg to differ because of (fill in the blank)”.  I would like to have a meaningful discussion where each side is heard.  That’s what brings about change.  Or I ignore it.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how off they might be.  But no one should feel attacked by an ignorant bully.

    Who in their right mind really thinks it is OK to attack someone like that?  Someone said that he must be mentally disturbed.  I don’t agree with that statement.  I work with the severely mentally ill and not one of my clients would ever think of expressing such hate to someone whether to their face or in an email.  Only someone morally ill could think of doing something like that.  It brings to mind the quote:

    “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Someone who will sit down and take the time to write something so explicitly heinous is not a good person in general.  He is a bully and needs to get help.

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    2 thoughts on “Cyberbullying

    • Karen says:

      Um…wow! I can’t believe someone actually posted that as a comment to someone’s personal blog! After reading your post, I just had to write to you and give you my support.

      You put yourself out there for all the world (internet) to see and some knucklehead has the nerve to write that! I don’t know you, but I have enjoyed reading your blog (I stumbled upon it from another blog actually). Thank you for taking the time to write online. My family and I are thinking of migrating to Aus and I’ve found your blog very educational and informative. I’m sorry this loser posted.

    • Y says:

      Thanks! I appreciate the support. I’m glad to know there are more decent people out there than there are bullies. Good luck with your decision to move or not!

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