“When nothing goes right…go left.” —Anonymous
Has anyone trolled you lately? Insulted your intelligence? Mocked your ideas?
Perhaps you’re feeling insecure because they touched on (or nearly touched on) some shameful flaw you’ve got hidden in a closet somewhere?
It sounds counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to deal with the insults and the embarrassing “secrets-you-don’t-want-people-to-know-about” is to…shove it in their faces!
In other words, if there’s a skeleton in your closet, stop keeping it in the closet:
Let it out to dance, instead 🙂
And yes, that includes light-heartedly mocking the people who try to troll you.
But Scylighter! you may ask. Isn’t mockery mean?
Well yes, it can be.
But remember, we’re not trying to be nice, here.
We’re trying to be Brilliant Writers.
And when you’re too hung up on trying to not-be-mean and make-people-like-you, you can’t focus your energy on things really worth your time. Like writing great stuff.
Besides, as they say:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
And if you don’t want evil to win (and yes, bullying/trolling is a type of evil), then you have to do something about it.
The Sarcastic Prophet & the Priests of Blood
(…sounds like a great idea for a children’s book, doesn’t it? But I digress…)
In the Bible, there’s a story of a prophet named Elijah who once had to face off with an enemy god’s priests.
One lone prophet versus dozens, maybe hundreds, of state-sponsored pagan priests, and what did Elijah do?
He mocked them.
While the priests were wailing to their god Baal to send fire from the sky, Elijah said things like,
“Y’all should try yelling louder. Maybe your Baal has gone on a cruise, or decided to take a nap, and can’t hear you?”
If that isn’t mockery, I don’t know what is.
And if a Prophet of God does it, that’s a pretty good indication that mockery ain’t a sin.
As long as you’re mocking the right things for the right reasons.
Personally, I’ve spent too many years chafing under the slavery of OOAFs (Others’ Opinions, Assumptions, and Foolishness), and chances are, you have too.
But enough’s enough.
So this is it: Your call to arms!
- STOP allowing people to stomp all over you.
- STOP using “political correctness” or other such rot to excuse other people’s bad behavior.
- START bravely saying what you really think, and nevermind the naysayers.
- START being Brilliant!
If your trolls are good people at heart, who have temporarily lost their way, you will do them a favor:
They will lose the bully-persona and transform from ugly toads back into the princes and princesses they could be.
And if they aren’t, and they don’t, then at the least you have shown them that you are not afraid of the likes of them.
You might even inspire a few timid watchers to follow your example.
So take heart.
Make the skeleton dance.
Turn your trolls into fodder for your brilliant stories.
And have fun.
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