Spell a Day – Feb 6th 2016

Gentle Readers, I am stumped today. The topic of the day is to bless your body, as that is your temple, your sanctuary, your without it you are nothing. There is a recommendation to take a cue from Rastafarianism, which sadly, I could google all day but really don’t know much about. Apparently it is also the birthday of Bob Marley. Him I know a little about.

So today, I am deviating from the norm a little, and going to talk about something slightly related. I am a member of several facebook groups for authors, readers and such. I enjoy the antics and fodder these groups provide in observing the great social experiment we call life. I have always been a people watcher, a bystander if you will. I find that when you stop and observe the goings on around you, you learn about people. Just sit down in a coffee shop and enjoy your coffee slowly, maybe a bagel as well. Go to a mall and savor that sandwich and soda in the food court. People watching can be highly entertaining.

But I digress. In one of the groups I am in recently we had a little spat between two “writers”. I sat back and watched these two grown women, both a bit older than me and one would hope wiser, go at each other like a couple of teenage girls fighting over prom dates. All because of a third member of the group who is the classic case of creepy internet troll. He posts ranting videos (claiming he is mentally ill) all over people’s on topic posts. He makes personal attacks and threats against anyone he can find in his blast zone. The guy may or may not be mentally ill, clinically speaking, but he is clearly a lunatic and a sociopath. So Woman B says that she doesn’t believe Woman A about Lunatic needing professional psychiatric help. This degenerates into Woman A bashing free verse poetry posted by Woman B, and Woman B calling Woman A derogatory names. The internet is like a giant mall where you can sit in the food court and be entertained for hours. How these two function in normal life I would like to see. If they are like this in their real life, they must be quite sad offline.

Anyway, the moral of my little laughter this morning is to just let it roll off your shoulders. Whether it is an online bully calling you names from the safety of their keyboard, or some real life asshat who needs an attitude adjustment, if you feed the trolls in your life, they will scare off the good things.

Dontfeedthetroll

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3 thoughts on “Spell a Day – Feb 6th 2016

  1. I have yet to understand arguing, feeding the troll, or being the troll on social media. What purpose does it serve? As you said, I wonder how this group of people manages life in the real world, how they get along with others that they know when they can’t get along with people they don’t know. I suppose it’s easier when one is not face-to-face with another human, right?

    Anyhow, I prefer to keep my FB page, blog and comments upbeat, or at the very least, a diplomatic response to a serious issue. I don’t spend time at any blog when the messages and comments are negative or create conflict. It’s time, then, to run away in search of rainbows and unicorns and baby animals because life is too short to dwell with the trolls.

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    • I have found some great people (and books as most of my recent book reviews have come from this group) but I see your point. There are days where I don’t check the feed because of the negativity. And other times I find myself thinking what great characters they make when I need that minor annoying jackass character. 🙂

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      • Andrew, don’t get me wrong. I, too, have found good people (friends even) and book reviews and a plethora of other good things on the internet. I even try to read posts of others that don’t always share my beliefs or opinions. I have a problem, though when it turns angry and mean. That’s when I run away. Anyhow, have a good day, Andrew!

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