Originally posted by Antix
I judged Martin a bit harshly after reading the texts. He was very complicit in the general douchebaggery and I figured he was bring a punk by blaming Incognito for s**t he was involved in.
at 25 years old you need to know how to stand up for yourself. I completely understand laughing things off because I've done it plenty in my life, but when somebody crosses the line you gotta do something
Take some early psychology courses and your mind will be blown away.
There is an ideal way we "think" people should deal with situations
Then there is the typical human behavior that actually occurs
After WWII Americans thought that Nazi behavior following orders and committing genocide were alien. Milgram experiments showed it is actually normal for people to submit to authority if they could displace personal responsibility (i.e., "I was told/ordered to do it").
At our core we are social animals. We follow hierarchy...even if the "dominant" members are psychopaths
People tend to try and fit it...even if the system they are trying to fit in is stupid.
People also tend to avoid conflict. Even if someone "crosses the line"
The reason this "bullying" story is so big is because it shows human behavior in the context of an NFL locker room. Even big tough men fall into social dynamics because there are other big tough men in their social group. They can't all be the dominant/alpha personalities.
Hell there is an entire herd of cloned sheep where the SAME gdamn sheep (every member is a clone) has assumed every position in the social hierarchy.