If we concentrate on the verb — “to force into something; coerce; bully,” then I think of politics and the media. Sad.
Why do we threaten, bully, and posture? Are we doing this to make others feel bad or to make us feel better?My father used to say, “if you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” He’d also mumble under his breath, “I wish I had his Cadillac and he had a wart on his butt.(We can’t always be flawless) Bludgeoning someone with words is harmful and hurts both parties. Let’s hold hands instead.